Re: First time Linux user.
> 1) Where would be a good site for information regarding Linux, perhaps a
> site maintained by the creator of Linux, Linus Torvalds.
Linus doesn't have much except penguins on his home page (at least, last I
> 2) Where would be a good place to get information regarding the use of
> Linux. (As I have yet to find the equivalent to the DOS cd and dir command.)
http://www.linux.org and http://www.linuxhq.com
try http://www.linuxhq.com/LDP for such gems as the Linux Users Guide and
the Linux Administrators Guide (you are an administrator if you own your
own computer :])
As far as the commands go, they're pretty much the same as any Unix. See
if you can find a Unix user book in your local library. They may even have
a linux book if you're lucky.
Here's some to get you started:
rmdir? rmdir (removes directories)
mkdir? mkdir (creates directories)
help <command> man <command> (chances are on a small system you don't
have the man pages installed)
more <file> gives you the contents of a file in a pageable
fashion. (I think this is the same as DOS).
less <file> will do the same, except it's nicer. zless
will read compressed (*.gz) files, I think there is also zmore.
Documentation is stored in /usr/doc, mostly in compressed form.
Here are a couple of quite nessecary commands that stumped me at first:
mount -t msdos /dev/fd0 /floppy
(mounts the msdos formatted disk in the fd0 drive as the directory /floppy
. The directory /floppy has to exist, you may need to create it)
shutdown -h now
(for turning off the computer. shutdown -r now restarts it)
"If you're not part of the solution, you're part of the precipitate"