#introductions Hi there! 👋
I decided to join after half a year contemplating switching to FOSS and GNU/Linux - the whole whatsapp controversy finally pushed me!
I'm a complete Linux/GNU newbie and I hope that I can learn the inner workings of it all. - If you have any recommendations for learning resources please let me know! - Right now i'm using Linux Journey and YouTube videos
I am using Pop_OS! - I love it - but hope to move to Arch once I get the fundamentals down 👍
See ya! 😁
@Novu Welcome! I switched to Linux 15 years ago and never went back (and back then it was horrible comparatively with what we have now). So you're in a very good time to join in!
I'm not an expert, but I can help once in a while :)
@Novu Hi and welcome :) Don't feel like you have to run into arch at once, I was using ubuntu for years before I felt comfortable moving over to it, take things at your own pace, you can do most of the same stuff on ubuntu/pop that you can on arch :) And the most important thing is to have fun :)
@sotolf Yeah sometimes I can get ahead of myself haha 😋 I am already having a blast with linux and everything just seems to work. Its so good :) - using BASH for the first time is easier than I thought too!
@Novu Hehe, yeah, there are loads of fun things to play around with, I've transitioned over to using mainly command line applications, the most important first step is to learn vim :) very usable and important tool to know, and you can learn it by writing vimtutor in your shell :)
@Novu Welcome. I have never use PopOS but I have heard good comments about that distro. I hope you like joining the Linux world and Fosstodon. In this instance (fosstodon) there are nice people so feel free to ask.
@Novu Welcome! And welcome to Linux! The great thing about Linux is that every distro is the "full" Linux and there's no need to switch to a different one until you want to customise or see how they do something a little different.
I'd advise getting comfortable in pop_os which is a great distro and figuring out what you prefer (editor, browser, file manager, terminal, desktop env) before jumping into Arch. Great way to do this is using VMs.
@Cambria This seems like a great idea - i'll try out different distros on VMs and see what I like once I get to grips with the basics! :)
@Novu it's a good way to figure out which desktop environment you like without being left with a tonne of junk on your system afterwards.
@Novu Welcome to Fosstodon. Things are slow at first but as you find people with similar interests and follow them, others will follow you. Create your bio, add an avatar pic and some emojis to your name so others can learn more about you. If you haven't, sending out an introduction listing your interests will help.
The custom emoji list is here:
Also see Kev's most awesome blogpost about getting started here:
Good luck and have fun.
@oxblood Yeah ... it was a silly question haha - just super excited to finally start using this stuff 😁
@Novu A question that may help you get better answers -
Are you the sort of person who learns best by listening then doing (sort of like classroom type study);
hands on, possibly breaking things and then figuring out what went wrong and fixing it (sort of like on the job training);
or reading, taking notes, then doing excercises designed to give you more insight into what you just read (book study from a master - not a journeyman; the difference being a journeyman doesn't know how to lead you further, they just know how things work and can explain.)
The first type would benefit from (good) video lessons;
The second type from build-it-yourself lessons;
and the third from well written books.
Most folks can learn from one or two, but not all three well... I, myself, mainly do the second - because that's what was available to me (:
So before I reccomend some learning resources, it would be good to know which type to reccomend (:
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