May 2nd, 2005 10:31 PM
May 3rd, 2005 02:26 AM
For programming languages, I would suggest learning C first. It is quite powerful, yet is also quite easy for the beginner. There are also a loot of good books available on the subject. Once you know C, other languages just fall into place. I'm sure somebody could recommend a good book to pick up the language with. It's been so long for me I can't really remember anymore. After learnming C, then yes, move on to higher level languages like Pythin or Perl, or C++.
As for Linux, it's really a matter of choice. The arguments over whether or not it is better than windows run deep, and the topic has been covered millions of times. I certainly can't answer it in one post. In general, Linux is more powerful, and Windows is more user friendly. To use it with windows, you need to repartition your hard drive to allow enough space for it (say 10 gigs or so), and install it onto that partition. Most Linux distributions will then set up a bootloader for you to choose betweeen Windows and Linux. I would recommend Suse or Debian for a first experience with Linux. Between the two, you'll probably be able to find more help with Suse at this site.
And Linux is free. It is distributed under the philosophy that all software should be free. It can be downloaded from the home page of whatever distribution you prefer.
Hope this helps.
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