Joined: Dec. 2003
||Posted: June 23 2004,20:00
I am a 6 month beginner to Linux. I have absolutely no development experience.
My opinion is this is a good place to start the learning process. Some of the veterans of this forum gave me alot of hand-holding in the beginning! In this amount of time I have learned enough to do alot of maintenance and even remaster a Knoppix distro (Feather Linux). I would recommend, as a beginner, Damn Small and Feather for light distros and MEPIS for a newer machine with 256mb RAM and up. I do have a preference of the Debian/Knoppix way of doing things.
I don't recommend these just for the distros themselves. I recommend them because of the communities. All three of these have VERY helpful people in their forums with a wealth of info. They are also very nice which isn't always the case in other forums. You might witness the occasional tangent but nothing that is ever condescending to the new people.
People within these distros will tell you that places like Google, Knoppix.net, Debian.org, Linuxquestions.org, Linuxprinting.org and, of course, the 'Search' button in the forums are your greatest wealth of information. It's a really good practice to do a search in a forum before posting a question.
I'll tell you one thing up front that took me a little while to figure out. Most of the files that you will edit within /home/damnsmall or /home/knoppix are hidden. When you open up EmelFM, click on the "H" in the upper left hand corner to view these files. As a beginner I did quite a bit of fruitless searching for files to edit before I realized I needed to see the hidden files!
I hope this helps! Enjoy Linux.