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Linux Learning Curve

Whilst thinking about where to start this newly extended Linux section of the UKFast blog, it dawned on me to simply start at the beginning and grow from there. A curious statement you may say, but one I had to think about in order to qualify.

For me it started around ten years ago with an inspirational school teacher, a CD burner and a bit of free time. Looking back at this makes me think about how exactly I was able to turn this serendipitous introduction into a profession.

For myself, the astounding power and freedom of the Linux operating system makes it a natural choice. However this comes around from a confidence I have developed in its use and abilities (including fixing it when it goes wrong!). But I don’t think many people will disagree with the statement that Linux has a steep learning curve – people just can’t get off the ground.

Just the other day I overheard a brilliant example which embodies probably the very central issue new users have: “The Black Screen With White Text”.

Black screen with white writing

Black screen with white text

But there are many ways to overcome this – including the use of the Plesk control panel – which we will talk about in one of my next posts.

For me, one of the main reasons to keep learning is being able to put back into the community I’ve taken from. Just like the teacher who inspired me in the first place a decade ago. The pleasure of being able to give back knowledge after you’ve taken so much is excellent. This strong driving force of the open source community is something I certainly plan on talking about more in my up coming posts.

However, the queston I’ll tackle next time is – How to submerge yourself in linux.

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