It’s a question that I constantly get asked: “What can I do to learn Linux?” I typically respond to such a general question with “Just use Linux.” But today, I decided to answer the question in more detail, by listing out the top five things that helped me learn more about Linux.

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20 thoughts on “The 5 Things That Taught Me The Most About Linux”
  1. 00:00 Intro
    00:52 1) Virtual machines (Virtualbox, VirtManager)
    04:35 2) Install Arch and read the Arch Wiki (especially installation guide)
    09:02 3) Use a standalone Window Manager (not a Desktop Environment)
    11:00 4) Use the terminal as much as possible. For example, for package management and file management
    15:15 5) Understand the history of the libre and linux philosophies. You can read "Free as in Freedom" by Richard Stallman

  2. i never could get virtual box to work. gnome boxes is the only one that would ever work for me. i even tried following a long with a video you did about virtual box and it was an utter failure.

    also, the arch wiki is horrible if you don't have the base knowledge that they assume you have. it taught me nothing.

  3. You know, I've used VMware player which is cross platform, better than Virtual Box. Now, I've used both for decades. But, now QEMU is also cross platform, and I find it easier to use, faster, and leaves more available on the host for the VM's. If someone is trying to learn Linux, getting used to QEMU would probably help over VMware or Virtual Box. Now if you're an admin or networking, VMware should be the only choice since it's industry standard

  4. Tip #3 is what exactly got me hooked on linux. I was so horrified by how Linux Puppy (bionic puppy) looked, and I tried to do all that I can to make it bearable…First I just learned about compositor compton to make transparency effects and nice shadows, and I had to dabble a bit in jwm and compton config file, but that was a small fish to swallow, because it was nice and fun to switch themes, and the most of customization was in gui provided by Puppy distro. But then I wanted to have the puppy menager JWM on debian based distro cos puppy had old packages. I assumed the puppy JWM/GTK configuration manager was a part of JWM…which it wasnt… and having the lightweight JWM on Debian proved to be much harder than I thought. no gui, no commands…the app menu was empty… whoa, that was on another level…
    then I learned about xdg menumaker, gtk/qt engines, pulse/jack/alsa/pipewire and so on and so forth. By a simple practice of tweaking window manager I learned the basics of how the Operating System works.

  5. People need to realize he's describing learning the most about Linux, not basic usage for those who just want to sit and use the computer. If I've ever used a standalone window manager, it's only because I didn't realize that's what I was doing. And I've been a Linux user (Red Hat [pre-RHEL], Sorceror, Gentoo, Debian, various Ubuntu flavors, CentOS, White Box, Arch) since the 90s. (When people went gaga over the Kernel moving to 2.0.)

  6. Hello, I must agree with point 4 "Use the terminal window!" For my humble beginnings, I picked up a used laptop, and for less than $50.00 I added Linux Mint [since windows 7 was a bootleg copy] I totally allowed Linux Mint to use the entire drive!
    Lots of youtube videos and google searches later I am able to get a reasonable amount of work [pesonal use] from this laptop.
    So like a vehicle it depends on what your needs are!

  7. using i3wm has taught me so much more about linux than installing arch in a vm with a regular DE ever has. pretty excited to try out/move to dwm and eventually xmonad in the future.

  8. It is so refreshing to see someone talk about Linux who is a human being like us and not some bellend on an ego trip. I have toyed with Linux in the past mostly unsuccessfully, but this is the first time I've seen someone make sense of it and without having to setup a duel boot for Microsoft to destroy and put both operating systems in jeopardy. Thank you very much indeed, liked and subbed. 👏👏👏

  9. 1) Mandrake (Used briefly, got frustrated)
    2) LFS (Best learning tool, imho. Used for a year or so)
    3) Gentoo (Portage supplied the package manager lacking in LFS. used less than 5)
    4) Funtoo (Wanted to use ZFS, didn't like new networking scripts adopted by Gentoo. used for several years)
    5) LigurOS (Daniel went kukoo for coco puffs. Been using for 3 or 4 years now)

  10. Congratulations. I have wondered for years when somebody will start a antique virtual machine nostalgia craze. So far, you are taking the cup home. Me, I'm going to start a Simon's Basic cartridge fan club.

  11. My fist Arch installation took me a couple weeks…
    In my defense I must say that the PC was really new and I wanted an UEFI + LVM + LUKS installation.
    Now I can do the same installation in 30 min. I really learned a lot.
    Great advice for the noobs.

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