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I'm what another site calls a Microsoft Refugee. I've got MCSE in NT (who doesn't) and have been using Windoze since 3.11. I'm about to blow down XP Pro on laptop at work.

@ work, we have a lot of Sun Solaris boxes and I need to learn xnix so I can work on some of apps that run on the Sun boxes - such as Checkpoint and HPOpenView. Also, I would like to learn Linux to do cool things such as MySQL, PHP, Linux Firewalling with IPTables, Apache, and a lot of other Apps that are all virtually FREE!

So, with that being said, I have installed RedHat 7.2 @ work on a POS PC (that was free) and I have 7.1 @ home. I decided to go with RedHat because of perceived industry acceptance - this was before the vendor neutral certs started coming out - I was thinking about pursuing RHCE and I still might.

My question is now what? Should I concentrate on learning shell commands? Learning Gnome or KDE? What to do now?

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Concentrate on the shell most definately. If you're going to learn Gnome and KDE, then you'd learn it only for a desktop rollover from say XP or 2K network to a Linux one :D ... get comfortable with the shell and directory structure and what goes where.. there is a layout that most Unices for the most part follow including solaris, then move onto spedfic apps you're interested in (IE apache, PHP, mysql) however just don't install the RPM's bah.. lol.. cause it doesn't teach you anything and you can run into depenecy problems.. grab the source and dig around in the configuration options, that way you can have apache, sql whatever optimized for your specific machine, not some dude's 386sx ... :) If you need help/suggestions let me know and I'd more then happy to keep shooting info your way :)
 
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