I need some advice on the best way to learn this wonderfuly confusing
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I'm new to Unix in general and Linux specifically. I am enthralled with the
power and versatility of this operating system. But I am not learning
fast enough to suit my impatient self.
I have recently been looking at the Debian release. I have the Slackware
3.0 on my system at home now. I don't intend for this to be a gripe but
it may sound this way. Debian appeals to me because it installs piece by
piece and I feel like that might be a very good way to learn one's way
around this maze of possibilities.
I appreciate that Slackware has put the entire package together and I
have had little trouble installing and configuring some of the absolute
necessities (net access via PPP to my ISP mostly and X) and most of the
software installed at the initial setup works, right out of the box, as
However, in my entheusiasm, I have downloaded two or three software
applications and have yet to manage to get one of them working. I
understand one of my weaknesses, outside of not knowing Linux very well,
is I am also new to C/C++. I also have an idea that GNAT (yes, I know Ada
is kinda grusome to most C programmers!) and POV may be a bit more than I
should have bit off for starters.
And I have a bit of education in the field but the system we worked on
at school was VMS and believe me I never got near the operations room. I
was much to busy writing loops in Ada to read in the "Findley Farm
So, while I am contemplating Debian, I would hate to give up the func-
tionality I have now.
Please, some of you who are experienced with Linux and C, what is the
best route for me to take?
I will be getting the Kernighan/Ritchie books. Should I stick with Slack-
ware and utilize what I already have working? Or risk long and
frustrating nights attempting to get the Debian release installed. Would
it be best to give up computers altogether and take up stamp collecting
Sorry. I see I'm running off at the fingers again. Thanks to all who have
helped me in the past. And thanks to those who've managed to get this far
in this "treatise", and finally, a special thanks to those who might find
time to share some "words of wisdom" with a new comer.