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Linux is a great operating system. It's fast, it's free, and no corporate bodies are out there placing arbitrary limits on it so you'll buy more of their stuff. But let's not kid ourselves. The learning curve can be pretty steep. So I put together a set of videos for Infinite Skills/OReilly that takes users who came in with Unity or other GUI shells and gives them the basic concepts and skills they need to understand what's going on behind the pretty desktop, and how to administrate their systems. Along the way, I rolled in some history, because I'm a novelist at heart, and because I think people remember stories behind why things are they way they are better than they remember cold facts in some arbitrary order.
You will get the fundamentals of Linux system administration. You'll learn about the terminal environment and how to use it when the GUI just won't work. You'll learn about file systems, what they are, how they work, how to use partitions and Logical Volume Management. You'll learn about the kernel and the services it provides. You'll learn about accounts, how they work, and how to build them manually. You'll learn about the boot cycle, logfiles and DMSG, troubleshooting, and when it's time to reinstall.
This series of videos isn't like those ads in the back of comic books, promising to turn a skinny, nerdy guy into Charles Atlas in 10 easy steps. It's not going to make you into a seasoned Linux Veteran overnight. But it is a place to start.