Getting started with Linux

Karl Wilbur karl at
Tue Oct 21 11:43:10 UTC 2008

On Mon, Oct 20, 2008 at 9:48 PM, Robert Jaquiss <rjaquiss at>wrote:

> Hello:
>    I want to get started learning Linux. In the past, I used Unix, so I
> hope I know some of the basic commands. My problem is how to get a box up
> and running. I have a PC that has or will have a hard drive and CD drive in
> it. There does not seem to be a local Linux group in my area of Louisiana. I
> use speech and have a Braillex 2D braille display. My goal is to have a box
> that I can learn enough Linux on so I can become certified and return to the
> workforce. Thanks in advance for any suggestions.
> Regards,
> Robert Jaquiss
> West Monroe, Louisiana
> Email: rjaquiss at


I have been building Linux from scratch since 2000. I have used most of the
major distros at one time or another (Suse, RedHat/Fedora/RHEL, Debian,
Slackware, etc.). I have recently (about 20 months ago) made the switch to
Ubuntu and not looked back. I really like Ubuntu for it's ease of use as
well as it freedom and ease of (re)configuration. As a server admin I use
Ubuntu across the board for all of my servers; as a programmer I use Ubuntu
for all of my desktops and laptops.

In addition to just being easy to use, Ubuntu also has an awesome community
with amazing support.

So, speaking as someone who really knows Linux and could build my own custom
distro, I'd say if you want a distro that just works and is easy to
use...use Ubuntu. And I, as well as the rest of the Ubuntu community, will
gladly answer any questions that you may have.

Here is a download link for the latest version of Ubuntu Desktop for i386
from Georgia Tech:

Just burn the disc image to a cd and boot to the cd. You can run Ubuntu from
the CD as a "test drive" before actually installing to the hard drive or
just go straight to the install.
Karl Wilbur
karl at
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