By Tad Brooker
It is time, You’ve decided to make the jump from the hands of Microsoft and move over to the darkside, Linux.
Having the basic understanding and knowledge to get the distro of your choice installed you make the leap. Getting it up and running was pretty simple and straight forward, all of your documents have been restored from your back up and you are good to go, but what now?
Here are a few reference sites and pointers for learning and growing your Linux skills.
Techmint offers a very extensive BEGINNER’S GUIDE FOR LINUX, it is free and the only prerequisites are: ‘All students must have a little understanding of computers and passion to learn new technology.’ divided into 21 sections and ending with Linux certifications & preparation guides, this is an incredible resource and a good place to get started! https://www.tecmint.com/free-online-linux-learning-guide-for-beginners/
The Linux Foundation offers a nice selection of training options: Linux online courses, Linux training videos, and Linux training publications. There is a plethora of information available at your fingertips, from downloads, to links to a large .pdf library, give this site a visit. They even go as far to tell you “How to prepare for a Linux SysAdmin Job Interview” and provide a free .pdf eBook to answer your questions! https://training.linuxfoundation.org/free-linux-training
Linux Academy kick the tires and give the 7 day all access free trial a test run, free access to all of their training content. Linux Academy offers a broad range of training, from the basics to very deep dives into specific technology, applications and configurations. Their pricing is very affordable and with payment you will have unlimited access to everything allowing you to grow, learn and dig in to areas of interest that will help you succeed. https://linuxacademy.com
These are only a few of the educational sites that come to mind, I am sure you will stumble across many more as you stroll the path to you Linux education. Trial and error will let you learn from your mistakes and it is always good to have a test machine or VM (Virtual Machine) as you train to make sure you can just throw it away and start over if needed.
Personally I try to learn something new every day, be it big or small, it is part of my personal improvement goal to always better myself. Looking back I remember days I was presented with what seemed like impossible challenges but with a little research and studying the issue I have now moved on past that and it is simply a few quick commands in the back of my head.
Set aside a few minutes each day to work on something that challenges you, work on it until you get it. Once you figure it out make sure to document your challenges and record your results, a nice documented answer is a great reference to look back on if you face the same challenges in the future.
Remember, you will never know everything, but you can narrow the gap down by knowing more than you knew yesterday.
It is a great feeling and a huge accomplishment as you move up the Linux chain of life.