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Learning Linux is best done right on the internet with a copy of it in-hand so you can explore and play.
Is there a better way to become a Linux expert other than getting a book?
In this excerpt from Answercast #70, I talk about how I typically learn a new programming language or something new.
Yea, absolutely! In fact, I would think that just getting a book is probably one of the worst ways.
The best way is to get Linux; install it; start playing with it. That's exactly what I do for any software. Whenever I encounter something interesting, or something new that I want to learn, I get it, I play with it, I figure it out. I do things with it and I just sort of learn by doing.
The books are handy; they can be good reference materials. In all honesty, most of the reference information that you would ever need for something like Linux, because it typically is so geeky, is gonna be out on the web. You may not need a book as long as you have internet access.
A book can be a good way to get an overview of things; but by far, by far, the best way to learn technology (especially something as large and as encompassing as Linux) is to get your hands on it, start playing with it, and start doing. You'll find yourself learning at an incredible pace.
Answercast 70 - What's the best way to archive an email newsletter I receive?
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