1Linux for Beginners
by Jason Brooks
2Linux for Beginners – Even Microsoft Is Cozying Up to Linux
Linux is getting hotter and more mainstream all the time, enough so that even IT administrators who deal primarily with Windows would do well to get their feet wet with Linux. After all, even Microsoft, through its recent deal with Novell, has begun to co
3Linux for Beginners – Kernel Complexity
There are many Linuxes–and many possible versions–and this means complexity, particularly for proprietary applications that link against the kernel.
4Linux for Beginners – Application Complexity
Clustered around the kernel are hundreds of other applications, most of which have been developed by separate projects.
5Linux for Beginners – Make Your Testing Virtual
The easiest way to test out a Linux distribution is to do so with a virtualization product, like VMwares Player, Workstation or Server; Microsofts Virtual PC or Virtual Server; or Parallels Workstation.
6Linux for Beginners – OpenSSH Is Your Friend
Pick up (if you dont already have it) software for making terminal connections with and for copying files to and from your Linux VM via OpenSSH. For Windows, we recommend Putty and WinSCP.
7Linux for Beginners – Linux Distro Short List
Following is an evaluation short list of Linux distros.
8Linux for Beginners – Fedora
Fedora is the cutting-edge sibling of Red Hats more staid, stable and costly Red Hat Enterprise Linux. The skills you develop using Fedora will transfer directly to RHEL.
9Linux for Beginners – OpenSUSE
Generally speaking, OpenSUSE is to Novells SUSE Linux Enterprise distributions what Fedora is to Red Hats Enterprise Linux.
10Linux for Beginners – Ubuntu
Ubuntu has, in just a couple of years, managed to leap into prominence among Linux-based OS options. Ubuntu owes this success in large part to the Debian GNU/Linux foundation on which its based.
11Linux for Beginners – Foresight
What earns Foresight a spot in this short list of Linux distributions for consideration is the rPath Linux foundation on which its built.