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  1. Nwirtel12's Avatar
    Hey, i want to learn what linux is, could anyone please give me a basic summary of linux, what it can do and any other information?
    thanks
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    04-23-2013 09:59 AM
  2. DroidXcon's Avatar
    Hey, i want to learn what linux is, could anyone please give me a basic summary of linux, what it can do and any other information?
    thanks
    Welcome to Android Central.This seems like a good place to start Beginner's guide to Linux: where to start | News | TechRadar
    04-23-2013 08:49 PM
  3. Nwirtel12's Avatar
    thank you so much
    04-24-2013 11:43 PM
  4. cdstart's Avatar
    Try Gnome shell, it is perfect for a desktop. You are going to love linux once you try it.
    04-25-2013 12:22 PM
  5. gollum18's Avatar
    This may go above and beyond what you want to do. But try learning Unix first, a lot of the commands in Unix are the same as Linux except that Unix uses the Korn shell by default.

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    04-25-2013 12:38 PM
  6. anon5664829's Avatar
    This may go above and beyond what you want to do. But try learning Unix first, a lot of the commands in Unix are the same as Linux except that Unix uses the Korn shell by default.

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    OSX is also the same as Linux and OSX use Unix as their base.
    06-01-2013 02:41 AM
  7. gollum18's Avatar
    OSX is also the same as Linux and OSX use Unix as their base.
    OSX is not the same as linux. Linux is open source anyone can copy/modify the source. OSX is closed source nuff said. Linux does not use Unix as a base. It is a Unix clone. Meaning that it does not copy ANY Unix source code. While the two systems are near identical, linux does not share any code with Unix.

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    06-01-2013 10:27 AM
  8. anon5664829's Avatar
    OSX is not the same as linux. Linux is open source anyone can copy/modify the source. OSX is closed source nuff said. Linux does not use Unix as a base. It is a Unix clone. Meaning that it does not copy ANY Unix source code. While the two systems are near identical, linux does not share any code with Unix.

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    Thanks! I never knew Linux didn't use Unix at its base. But why are terminal commands so similar between my (awesome) Mac and my Ubuntu PC?
    06-01-2013 02:41 PM
  9. gollum18's Avatar
    Thanks! I never knew Linux didn't use Unix at its base. But why are terminal commands so similar between my (awesome) Mac and my Ubuntu PC?
    Well as I stated earlier, Unix and linux don't share source code, but linux is a clone of Unix. Which means that it has all of the features Unix has (without copying source code) plus a gui (unless it's straight linux then it's just a terminal like unix).

    Now to answer your question, there are two main type of Unix. The first invented in the mid 60s in att bell laboratories is Unix, due to lawsuit issues they couldn't license it so they had to keep it open source. About half a decade later Berkeley University, copied that source code but modified it so much that it became an os of its own, Bsdunix (which is closed source).

    A few decades later, Apple decides to use Bsdunix as a base, so they acquired a license and began developing it, mac os was the result. So following back from this sentence, that is why they share so many similar commands. OSX is a Unix based operating system, and linux is a Unix clone.

    Sorry for the very brief history lesson, just regurgutating what I learned in my dev classes.

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    06-02-2013 06:55 PM
  10. gollum18's Avatar
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    06-02-2013 06:56 PM
  11. anon5664829's Avatar
    Well as I stated earlier, Unix and linux don't share source code, but linux is a clone of Unix. Which means that it has all of the features Unix has (without copying source code) plus a gui.

    Now to answer your question, there are two main type of Unix. The first invented in the mid 60s in att bell laboratories is Unix, due to lawsuit issues they couldn't license it so they had to keep it open source. About half a decade later Berkeley University, copied that source code but modified it so much that it became an os of its own, Bsdunix (which is closed source).

    A few decades later, Apple decides to use Bsdunix as a base, so they acquired a license and began developing it, mac os was the result. So following back from this sentence, that is why they share so many similar commands. OSX is a Unix based operating system.

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    Thanks! just a quick question, what version of linux can bring back a machine with 2GB of RAM?
    06-02-2013 06:57 PM
  12. mjf55's Avatar
    You can go to distrowatch.org. They list many distributions of linux. You can explore what is offered and compare to the system you plan on using. Many distros gave live CDs so you can try before installing.

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    06-02-2013 07:04 PM
  13. Jerry Hildenbrand's Avatar
    Thanks! I never knew Linux didn't use Unix at its base. But why are terminal commands so similar between my (awesome) Mac and my Ubuntu PC?
    Because the bash shell (used on most flavors of desktop Linux) and tcsh (used on OSX) are both derivatives of csh and use similar commands. The underlying OS has nothing to do with this, as bash has even been ported to Windows.
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    06-02-2013 07:07 PM
  14. gollum18's Avatar
    Thanks! just a quick question, what version of linux can bring back a machine with 2GB of RAM?
    Hehe my system runs linux Mint 14 32 bit, it works fine for developing. It has a pentium 4 prescott (experimental dual core) and 2gigs of dual channel ddr1 ram and it flies. Boot that sucker up, install prelink and preload, and install the liquorix kernel (it's a bit difficult to setup, as you have to build your own video driver for it to work properly, but the kernel comes with a script to do that). That's what my setup is, and I only lag when running system intensive apps. I need to upgrade though so I can start building android from source.

    Linux.org is the official linux website, you can get advice from the people who actually build the linux distros, and they have really great guides available to set you know the right direction.

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    Laura Knotek likes this.
    06-02-2013 07:10 PM
  15. mayconvert's Avatar
    Lynda.com has some VERY good training on EVERYTHING. Try the 7 day free trial.
    06-02-2013 07:10 PM
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    06-02-2013 07:12 PM
  17. gollum18's Avatar
    Because the bash shell (used on most flavors of desktop Linux) and tcsh (used on OSX) are both derivatives of csh and use similar commands. The underlying OS has nothing to do with this, as bash has even been ported to Windows.
    Boo on windows and cygwin. In my opinion if Microsoft doesn't change its business model they will bite the dust soon.

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    Jerry Hildenbrand likes this.
    06-02-2013 07:17 PM
  18. anon5664829's Avatar
    Hehe my system runs linux Mint 14 32 bit, it works fine for developing. It has a pentium 4 prescott (experimental dual core) and 2gigs of dual channel ddr1 ram and it flies. Boot that sucker up, install prelink and preload, and install the liquorix kernel (it's a bit difficult to setup, as you have to build your own video driver for it to work properly, but the kernel comes with a script to do that). That's what my setup is, and I only lag when running system intensive apps. I need to upgrade though so I can start building android from source.

    Linux.org is the official linux website, you can get advice from the people who actually build the linux distros, and they have really great guides available to set you know the right direction.

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    Well isn't this funny my old PC has 2GB of RAM and a Pentium 4 proccecor clocked at 3.4 Ghz an that thing is so slow with windows on it. I will have to have a look at mint even though I prefer Ubuntu:P
    06-02-2013 07:48 PM
  19. gollum18's Avatar
    Well isn't this funny my old PC has 2GB of RAM and a Pentium 4 proccecor clocked at 3.4 Ghz an that thing is so slow with windows on it. I will have to have a look at mint even though I prefer Ubuntu:P
    The main distro for mint is Ubuntu based (and most if not all ubuntu packages are compatible with it), but there's also a debian based version. So you know though, mint 15 rc was just released a few weeks ago, so mint 15 stable will be out within a few weeks.

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    Laura Knotek likes this.
    06-02-2013 07:52 PM
  20. Laura Knotek's Avatar
    I would suggest learning the CLI, even though most distros nowadays have really decent GUIs. Linux is really powerful if one is familiar with the commands, and sometimes it is actually quicker and easier to work in the terminal.
    10-03-2013 11:40 PM
  21. Balti43's Avatar
    Not a developer or anything but i want to install linux on my sisters computer, she has a HP G7 computer and I've already wiped it once because it got ridiculously laggy for a 6 month old computer, a guy from my unit said Linux would be better for her since it doesn't lag and its far more secure than windows. I just want to know if putting it on her computer would benefit her at all. she only uses it for the internet, videos and writing school papers.

    thanks in advance for the help
    11-24-2013 10:16 PM
  22. AndroDevelope's Avatar
    This is very good and informative discussion related to Linux
    12-10-2013 01:56 AM
  23. Ryan Pacheco's Avatar
    Not a developer or anything but i want to install linux on my sisters computer, she has a HP G7 computer and I've already wiped it once because it got ridiculously laggy for a 6 month old computer, a guy from my unit said Linux would be better for her since it doesn't lag and its far more secure than windows. I just want to know if putting it on her computer would benefit her at all. she only uses it for the internet, videos and writing school papers.

    thanks in advance for the help
    The only caution I would have is that if someone is very used to Windows they can easily feel very very lost in Linux. The UI is much different, installing apps is MUCH different, and a lot of the Windows apps arent available on Linux. You will have to spend some time findng open source alternatives to some Windows apps.
    UJ95x likes this.
    12-13-2013 11:01 PM
  24. CrazyMaaaaan's Avatar
    A couple of sites that can help you start with Linux:
    Linux tutorial site
    Linux commands
    Linux intro
    07-29-2014 02:14 AM
  25. Wizecture's Avatar
    You should also check out Lifehacker. They have many posts regarding linux that range from beginner to advanced.
    08-11-2014 08:37 PM
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