[CALUG] "Where to start" and "Linux courseware" -- WAS: linux man page(s)

Bryan J Smith b.j.smith at ieee.org
Sat Oct 29 19:38:26 EDT 2011

I was thinking from an user-perspective, so GUI to start, in both cases of new computer user and Windows computer user coming to Linux.  Yes, that is where most people are starting with Linux today, at the GUI.

----- Original Message -----

From: James Ewing Cottrell 3rd <JECottrell3 at Comcast.NET>

  On 10/29/2011 1:21 PM, Bryan J Smith wrote:
> Yes, the problem is always, "where to start?"
One idea you probably won''t find anywhere else is this

cd /bin
man ??
man ???
man ????

In other words...RTFM for the shortest pages first...you will get the 
fundamentals...cp, ln, ls, mv, rm, sh

Do the same for /usr/bin. To read them all together, do something like

cd /tmp
mkdir xxx
cd xxx
ln -s /bin/* .
ln -s /usr/bin/* .
ln -s /sbin/* .
ln -s /usr/sbin/* .

Then man ??, man ???, etc.

Don't waste any time on anything that seems too difficult or doesn't 
interest you...you can always go back later.

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