Links for *nix newbies

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This will be/is a sticky for *nix newbies. Let me state several facts before proceeding:
This is NOT an all inclusive list; this is a *start*, a beginning if you will to put you on the path of good and righteousness.
Did I neglect to mention several (hundred) linux distros? Yes, I did. If you are a Linux person and are wildly upset because I missed your favorite distro, I have but one question; why are you reading a FAQ for newbies? :)
Regardless, there is not enough space to mention every single version of every single OS type -- suffice to say that the big ones have been covered.

Did I cover every single application for *nix? No. There is not enough space on BWM's SQL db to contain that many links. :) Ask away, if you need specific help, and who knows ... it might just find it's way into this document.
What I attempted to do was convey a basic understanding of the medium; a 'primer' of sorts.
I will no doubt be adding links as they hit me -- this is just a few of the ones I have in my browser bookmarks which I thought you might find useful.

Cheers, and good luck.

Linux::
Generic:

Linux Online (where to go first)
http://www.linux.org/
Where to get your ISO (this is your second stop)
http://www.linuxiso.org/
Source for RPMs
http://www.rpm.org/
Linux install how-to
http://mirrors.kernel.org/LDP/HOWTO/Installation-HOWTO

SUSE/SLES:
Online Manual (pdf) http://www.novell.com/documentation/suse93/index.html
SuSe FAQ
http://susefaq.sourceforge.net/faq/suseconfig.html

RH/Fedora/RHEL:
Security Quick-Start for RH
http://www.tldp.org/HOWTO/Security-Quic ... hat-HOWTO/
Pocket ISP (or How to Start an ISP with RH)
http://www.faqs.org/docs/Linux-HOWTO/IS ... HOWTO.html
How to build secure pache
http://ldp.rtin.bz/HOWTO/SSL-RedHat-HOWTO.html
Red Hat Kick start
http://wwwcache.ja.net/dev/kickstart/Ki ... HOWTO.html


LiveCD:
Knoppix:
Knoppix Itself
http://www.knoppix.org/

Gentoo:
Handbook
http://www.gentoo.org/doc/en/handbook/index.xml
Installation
http://www.linux.org/news/2004/09/11/0008.html
Portage updates
http://www.gentoo-portage.com/



Unix::
BSD:
FreeBSD:
THE BSD itself
http://www.freebsd.org
Desktop Version
http://www.pcbsd.org
Tips/Tricks
http://www.freebsddiary.org/
Entire FreeBSD Handbook
http://www.freebsd.org/doc/en_US.ISO885 ... /handbook/
FreeBSD CheatSheets (Warning not updated in some time)
http://www.mostgraveconcern.com/freebsd/
Port Updates
http://www.freshports.org

OpenBSD:
OpenBSD
http://www.openbsd.org
Open BSD install guide
http://www.openbsd.org/faq/faq4.html
FreeBSD CheatSheets (Warning not updated in some time)
http://www.mostgraveconcern.com/freebsd/

LiveCD:

http://www.freesbie.org


SysV:
Solaris (though Solaris is becoming more BSD-ish as of late):
Security Publications
http://www.sun.com/software/security/blueprints/
How-To (warning: google translated from German, since I am not sure how many of you speak Deutch
http://translate.google.com/translate?u ... uage_tools

Hints
http://www.bolthole.com/solaris/
SunSolve, the place for patches
http://sunsolve.sun.com/pub-cgi/show.pl?target=home
AIX:
Great resource for all things AIX
http://journyx.com/aix_resources.html
Free IBM resource Library on AIX(p5)
http://publib.boulder.ibm.com/infocente ... ources.htm


*Nix related::
O'Reilly Bookshelf
http://antihoe.org/oreilly/
High performance Linux Clustering, Part 1.
http://www-128.ibm.com/developerworks/l ... -cluster1/
Building a linux HPC cluster with xcat
http://www.redbooks.ibm.com/redbooks/SG246623.html
Open your windows with Samba on Linux
http://www.redbooks.ibm.com/Redbooks.ns ... .html?Open
Advanced LDAP User Authentication: Limiting Access to Linux Systems Using the Host Attribute
http://www.redbooks.ibm.com/Redbooks.ns ... .html?Open
Guide to regular expressions
http://www.regular-expressions.info/tutorial.html
Getting win-based network cards to work under Linux
http://sourceforge.net/projects/ndiswrapper/


Security::
NIST's Vulnerability Database
http://nvd.nist.gov/nvd.cfm?cvename=CAN-2004-0802
Linux/Unix Advisories (menu bar on left)
http://www.linuxsecurity.com/content/blogcategory/0/76/
PF Guide (OpenBSD's Packet Filter firewall)
http://www.openbsd.org/faq/pf/index.html
Enable PF on FreeBSD
http://www.freebsd.org/doc/en_US.ISO885 ... ls-pf.html
SANS Internet Storm Center
http://isc.sans.org/
Top 75 Security Tools
http://www.insecure.org/tools.html
FBSD Security How-To
http://www.secinf.net/unix_security/Fre ... HowTo.html
Security Focus
http://www.securityfocus.com/tools
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For setting up Fedora for the first time http://www.fedorafaq.org/ is awesome.
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Thanks guys for listening to the newb....if i was M$ i'd have to charge for the idea and template though...now of to konquer linux...(sorry)...
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There is also http://www.google.com/linux I've used it before and it has been pretty helpful, since I believe it searches lots of the linux message boards and mailing lists with people having the same problem you are searching for.
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Have you seen the http://www.yolinux.com/ information portal ?? I stumbled across it a while back.

I found the tutorials http://www.yolinux.com/TUTORIALS both well written and compehensive.

I managed to get CD-burning and the USB devices working on my fedora box after working through them.

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Hey All,

I am pretty much new to Linux and Unix commands. Therefore, if you can help me out with the following I would greatly appreciate it.

Question: What command do I type in Apple iMac Terminal to find out the number of users that have logged into the iMac at a certain time? I typed (man) for help manual but could not find anything that could help. Can anyone assist?

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You mean currently logged in?
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Find out which linux distro fits you!
http://www.zegeniestudios.net/ldc/

Adding this here =) was buried in forum. Nice find Anarchy
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www.linuxforums.org Is a great resource to get help. Take advantage of the search feature.
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Some more

Fedora
Project web site: http://www.fedoraproject.org
Community forums: http://www.fedoraforum.org
Awesome set up guide: http://stanton-finley.net

Hardware compatability list
Check your hardware here if you're having issues.
http://linuxquestions.org/hcl

CUPSD Printer setup control panel
you have to be on the system with cups installed. This beats the GUI hands down
http://localhost:631

Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Linux But Were Afraid To Ask
(otherwise known as The Linux Documentation Project (TLDP)
http://www.tldp.org

Linux Distribution Chooser
Answer some questions and it'll give you suggestions about which distributions may be right for you
http://www.zegeniestudios.net/ldc/

Gnome hacks - Tweaks for the Gnome Desktop
http://gnome-hacks.web.com/all.html
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Nothing but Unix news. All related to Unices such as Linux, FreeBSD, OpenBSD, NetBSD, Sun Solaris, Minix, AIX, HP-UX, Digital UNIX, SCO Unix, DragonFly BSD, Gnu/Hurd and others. One resource containing basic articles, stories and links of the day. For people which have some free time to be well informed about the basic events and news in this area.

http://unix-news.blogspot.com
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How About Ubuntu? I know it's a brand new flavor,
I installed V.7.x? but it seems to be really limited in the sense that there is not much support out here yet...
Any thoughts?
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http://www.opensuse.org ---- hands down, the best linux distro, period. I dare anyone to argue with that... LOL If anyone needs help with OpenSuse, please let me know, I would be glad to help.
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jtrageser wrote:
http://www.opensuse.org ---- hands down, the best linux distro, period. I dare anyone to argue with that... LOL If anyone needs help with OpenSuse, please let me know, I would be glad to help.

OK: http://boycottnovell.com/
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Ubuntu has been recommended to me and I would like to install this on a 'spare' computer. Any particularly helpful places to go first?
I think I will start off with linux.org and ubuntu.com, but if there are places which offer greater insight, please inform me. Thank you. Weep.
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This is not the topic for this type of question. This is strictly an informative topic not meant for two way communication.

If you have a specific question, please post it under a NEW topic in this forum.
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Ubuntu is surely missing from these links.

http://www.ubuntulinux.org
http://www.ubuntuforums.org
http://www.ubuntuguide.org

The Ubuntu distribution is imho by far the best distro for a beginner. Clearly written support articles are available and the forums are some of the most helpful I have seen.
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http://www.google.com/bsd
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For storage and volume manager on solaris: http://unixway.com/
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hi,
this is chetanya from india and i want to ask something actually i am new to unix and i want to learn it now can any one here who could tell me form where i could download the unix and linux as well
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any good stuff for yellowdog linux on the playstation 3 ?
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help a newbi I have the centos 4.7 soft software loaded, but as it is loading it asks for local host user name and password. I dont ever remeber it asking me for one. i raelly am probly doing some thing wrong. I just wanted to convert my old desktop into a sever whick i can store all my personal music and video files on. that way I can access them through my home network when I need them. so i laoded the centos 4.7 server os on the computer. is this wrong? and how about the local host username and password?
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Ubuntu http://ubuntuforums.org/forum.php

I like Ubuntu a lot. I have been using Linux for about a year and this is my favorite distro. But I don't like the Unity desktop so I had to revert to gnome desktop.

Also Mint is a a fork of Ubuntu and it comes with a built in help feature with live chat. There's always actually people on it. Mint is glitchy with some graphics cards.

I also strongly recommend reading some books on Linux Development as those will give a good understanding the GCC compiler toolchain and how things like Make and Ant work. In case you have to compile something from source. At bear minimum read Linux for Dummies.

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