[kwlug-disc] Newbie... Playing with Linux etc...

Khalid Baheyeldin kb at 2bits.com
Sat Apr 10 18:24:59 EDT 2010

On Sat, Apr 10, 2010 at 5:52 PM, Michael Savage <msavageca at yahoo.ca> wrote:

> I am living in the windows world, all of my customers are using products
> that I've developed using various ms products.

Posting here is the first step for atonement of such sins ...


> 1. What Linux distro would be a good one to start on... low learning curve,
> but not likely to frustrate me, as stated, I'm a window geek. It needs to
> have some power, as eventually I'm probably going to use one of my more
> successful products, and migrate it to teach myself a lot of the things I
> know well in Windows, but don't have a clue how it works in the Linux world.

For desktop or server?

Because you lack experience with the command shell, I would recommend
the desktop version, even if installing it on a server.

Ubuntu 10.04 is coming out later this month, and will be a Long Term Support
version. Try starting with that so you avoid the need to upgrade for 3

2. Setting up mysql... What are the best tools to use to manage and
> administrate it?

Installing it is easy from Ubuntu. Just use the standard Synaptic tool and
you will find it there.

One way is to install the package mysql-admin, which provides a GUI for
administering MySQL.

Another is kmysqladmin, for KDE, if will be using that.

Yet another way is phpmyadmin, which is web based. If you plan to administer
a web site that uses MySQL, then learning this will come in handy, until you
master the command line.

Khalid M. Baheyeldin
2bits.com, Inc.
Drupal optimization, development, customization and consulting.
Simplicity is prerequisite for reliability. --  Edsger W.Dijkstra
Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication. --   Leonardo da Vinci
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