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Date:      Tue, 28 Dec 1999 10:11:16 -0600
From:      Tony Wells <awells@journalstar.com>
To:        Juanenoman@aol.com
Cc:        freebsd-questions@FreeBSD.ORG
Subject:   Re: starting point?
Message-ID:  <3868E124.BCA990F2@journalstar.com>
References:  <0.5fc2deaf.25997b08@aol.com>

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I found the best way to learn about unix is to get a machine and put
FreeBSD on it.  There is so much more you can learn when you actally
administrate a machine, rather than just having a user level account. 
If you royally mess something up, no big deal, as a last resort you can
always reload the operating system and learn from your mistake. 
(Windows NT administration is something like this.)

I see you're a student which implies your strapped for cash.  I run
FreeBSD on a 486-100 with 32 Mb of RAM and have no problems running X. 
FreeBSD will run with decent performance on machines that would
otherwise be relegated to the dumpster.

There are a bunch of great web sites for information about FreeBSD. 
Just to name a few:
http://www.freebsd.org
http://www.freebsddiary.org/freebsd
http://www.daemonnews.org
http://www.ugu.com

Once you get your OS up-and-running the command you'll use the most is
'man'.  This mailing list is also a great resource when you hit a
dead-end.

Good luck,
Tony Wells

Juanenoman@aol.com wrote:
> 
> Hello,   I am attempting to learn unix, db2, and linux. Can you steer me in
> the right direction. I studied visual basic and c++ for a semester each , at
> Cypress college in California. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thank
> you ...
> 
> Clint Lillard
> PO BOX 5012
> Anaheim, Calif.  92814   714-484-3922
> 
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