I thought to include a quick start for all of you. I am a technical person and I really hate that book that gives you 99.9% blah…blah…without getting you anywhere. Not all people are like me, and not all people are like you. So I thought to write this book for everyone that has different taste.
If you are like me then you are going to love this section. One can read 400 pages but it is just a waste of time, because you have to read all in order to grab some essentials. That is exactly the same as when you go to school and spend six months, five thousand dollars for training, and when you're finished you don't even know how to format a hard drive.
I know time is valuable. Having that in mind, you should be proud of yourself because after you finish reading this book, you've just graduated. And if you are lucky to hold a certification, congratulations! Now you've earned it… For God's sake learn and master what is in this book.
Through out the decade, Linux has become one of the most powerful operating systems. I truly believe that sooner or later Linux will defeat the dinosaur as it already did in the server arena and within a few years Linux will govern the desktop. Currently Linux is already in many offices, including college and universities at the desktop level.
As I said, Linux is so powerful because whatever you can imagine, you can now do. In order to master the secret of this operating system, you have to learn the commands. In this section I will give you an intro to commands so we can move around to accomplish the task I have planned.
Reboot the computer and login:
Mandrake Linux release 9.0 (dolphin) for i586
Kernel 2.4.19-16mdk on an i686 / tty1
If you created a regular user account during the installation, you can login with that user now, but if you did not create a regular user account, then just login as root.
Login as root
Localhost login: root
Password: type the password
(note when you type the password, you can't see it)
[root@localhost root]# This is the prompt for root (administrator)
Login as a normal user
Localhost login: agustin
Password: your regular user's password
[agustin@localhost agustin]$ This is the prompt for regular user