Dan Craciun posted a nice article on his blog titled What is the best way to learn linux? that got me thinking just what some of the best ways to learn Linux are. Dan and I agree that reading documentation is one of the best ways to learn Linux in general.
Dan uses the famous quote “give a man a fish and he will have food for one day, teach the same man how to fish and he will have food for his entire life” which really does make sense in relation to learning Linux. A lot of new Linux users will ask a question on a forum or in an IRC chat room and demand or expect a direct answer. However, a lot of times what they end up getting is a way to solve their problem, not exactly how to do it. There is a general consensus among old time and advanced Linux users that it’s important to read documentation and manuals if you want answers.
Here are some of the best ways to learn Linux:
- Start off on the command line to learn the true way of Linux before you start on the desktop and use GUI tools to do everything for you. Remember each GUI tool you use is just a front end for command line tools that can accomplish the same thing.
- Read manuals and ask a lot of questions. Be sure you’re asking the right questions though. Research before you ask. Don’t bother to ask questions to something that you could easily find by spending 5 minutes searching Google.
- Subscribe to Linux blogs and participate in Linux forums.
- Explore your options by trying different Linux distributions.