Linux 101s for a Beginner?

Linux 101s for a Beginner?


I’ve been reading about Linux for a few days now and I’m considering it to use it in the future (probably one on my future laptop or something ¯\_(ツ)_/¯).

I’ve read some few resources already but still confused where to start so might as well use some help.


Ahh… good idea. :slight_smile: Thank you for the help.

  • For the first question: I’ve known only a handful of them because of a particular course on Udemy (this one) and yes, Ubuntu is exactly the one I want to try.

  • On the second question: well… kind of :grin: I mean most of the online course I’ve taken before encourages to use a terminal instead of an GUI explorer, so I guess there’s that. Overall, I’m just on the way to be comfortable using it, on getting files — yes, on the other stuff — uhh… not yet.

  • On the third question: kind of both but mostly on the first one. I’ll just test the waters (if I said it right) for now.


Neat! :grin:

I very much appreciated the help!

And another thanks for the links! Already read some parts of it and getting started for tomorrow (since my Internet is very much slow in here). I’ll be sure to fully read it (and ask for help, of course).


A few other options to consider (VM is a good idea, mind):

  • if you’re on Windows 10 at the minute, then you can install Ubuntu (or a handful of other distros) via the app store. This gives you an Ubuntu subsystem within Windows, and all terminal-based stuff will work great - it’s specifically for terminal based things, it’s not a graphical environment. But you get Linux on Windows.

  • if you burn a live image to a USB (which is normally what you’d do anyway if you install Linux), you can restart your computer and boot directly into it without installing. That’ll let you play around with Ubuntu straightaway.


I’ve always found Linux to be one of those things that you learn by necessity. Set yourself up with a Linux environment (Desktop, server, dual boot, USB boot, VM, whatever) and try to do something in it. If you’re using a desktop linux distro (like Ubuntu), still try to do things from the command line as much as possible. (For example, do some Googling to find out how to launch your browser via the command line instead of clicking the icon). Try to do something in that environment. You’ll probably have to go researching how to do it. Put the time in to understand what you’re doing instead of just copy-pasting into the terminal until something good happens.


IMO making a USB boot stick and running Linux as a “LiveUSB” is a very gentle way to get started. You won’t have to mess around with installation and you won’t have the performance hit of running in a VM.


Linux mastery for me is bash, familiarize your self with it and everything else will fall into place.
Bash is (or was, until systemd came along) the glue that made any distro tick, stdin, stdout, stderr are the file descriptors that bash has under its fingertips to boot systems, start services, log them etc…

my “all in one” bash resource


Neat! Thanks for the link!
I am starting to be comfortable with Linux (and a bit of shell scripting with Bash) through Fedora (tried Ubuntu but it crashes a lot in my case probably due to hardware or something else). Also, I’ve been trying to understand Linux further by taking Introduction to Linux course in edX even if it’s bit by bit.


i have been checking bash / linux / devops tuts for a while now.

im now reading / doing the tut you gave, and its really the best. it just answered all my questions i had all this time right from the start.

punks, no need to look any futher!


Go to Cisco’s and you can sign up for free self-paced (online) classes, of which there is a Linux unhatched course which is good for seeing if it’s really for you. If you like it, then go for the Linux Essentials and then the LPIC-1 and LPIC-2 courses. They are progressively in-depth and you really learn alot.

It’s not hard to learn and you can’t let your head get caught up in “I can’t remember what this letter option is.” They have chapter labs that you can take over and over. You’ll get it. You just have to keep doing it. Enjoy!