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Getting started with Linux

Pressing TAB twice shows all the Linux commands. It looks something


There are 1212 possibilities. Do you really wish to see them all? (y

or n)

Type "y" and you will see all of them!

Sometimes if you type a command, the screen may scroll by too fast for

you to read, unless you are superman. In that case you can see the

previous screen by pressing Shift and PG-UP keys together.

If you type some commands, you can break by pressing CTRL-C or ESC. It

may not work in man or less, in that case just type "q".If you need to

edit some files try pico or joe. These are two easy to use editors.

Joe works more like WordStar and pico is the editor for Pine. Power

users may try vi or emacs. These two are very powerful editors but

have a high learning curve. Examples would be type "joe filename".

Replace the filename with the name of the file that you wish to edit.

Most distrbutions install X-Window. To start X-Window type "startx".

X-Window is a GUI for Linux. There are several flavours available

which give you different look and feel. To configure a redhat system

type "setup". If you are under Caldera type "lisa". You can also

configure through a GUI interface under X-Window.

Most users may want to use some dos floppies or partitions. You can

type some dos commands under Linux without mounting your devices. Type

"man mtools" to see a list of these commands. These commands start

with m, example the dos copy command would be mcopy. Similarly there

are several commands such as mattrib, mcd, mcopy, mdel, mdeltree,

mdir, mformat, mlabel, mmd, mrd, mmove, mren, mtype, mzip, etc.To see

some more Linux documentation's look under the following directories.

If the files have .gz extension the to view them type "zless

filename.gz" replace filename with the name of the file.