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I am purchasing a workstation specifically that comes with Red Hat Enterprise Linux WS pre-installed for development projects (perl, PHP, MySQL etc).
My questions are:
1. any good books to recommend on Linux/Apache?
2. any WYSIWYG HTML editor's worth looking at?
3. how would you rate the RHE WS distro?
Any tips, pointers, or recommendations are appreciated!
i bought the linux cookbook and linux server hacks from oreilly - both excellent - so much stuff which i use now on a daily basis.
i think when starting out, it doesn't really matter which distro you get. most files are in the same place and the principles of things like apache, mysql, cron, file permissions, using the shell, are the same.
my tip of the day is learn to use the VIM editor - it will save you a great deal of time once you get proficient with it.
(info, man pages, and help are your new friends)
I personally avoid Vi/Vim/Emacs as much as i can - yes they're all very powerful, but they're also extremely awkward.
As for WYSIWYG i still prefer text editors - only i like them a little more polished and user friendly than the above mentioned ones - but that won't help you i guess. So, here's a small list in no particular order:
IBM WebSphere Homepage Builder
HardCore Web Content Editor
Oh, and here's a list of 124 WYSIWYG thingies from freshmeat [freshmeat.net] - don't say linux doesn't bring you choice ;)
Actually "wysiwyg" + "html" [freshmeat.net] is perhaps a better criteria - this list has 56 items.
Try Kate, that's a very good kde editor.
Gnome has a good editor called Screem. I haven't tried it yet, but it looks like an advanced text editor without WYSIWYG.
On my home RH9 box I use the same text editor I use on my Win boxes at work: EditPad Pro, from JG Soft [editpadpro.com]. It works exactly the same on both OSs, so I don't get slowed down by needing to remember where I am. ;)
And I definitely agree with claus. You want to work with cron?
will help. Wanna get some info about vsftp?
man 8 cron
. I keep O'Reilly's "Linux in a Nutshell" handy, too. Chock full of goodies.
<edit>Last tip: Get to know and love your terminal. Some day it just may save your life.</edit>
I often use pico for editing on-server ... unless there are long lines, in which case pico breaks the lines during editing which sometimes causes problems (like with scripts) and necessitates further editing (you can fix the breaks ... you just have to ... fix the breaks).
You can also invoke pico as:
$ pico -w
That said, I worked at one job several years ago where the use of pico was considered grounds for a reprimand (and possible tar-and-feathering); it had the bad habit of mangling large files. vi basics are fairly straightforward; once in vi, you're in command mode. This used for, well, entering commands. Search/replaces, text finds, things like that. To get into text-enter mode, hit 'i'. To get /back/ into command-mode, hit 'Esc'. vi gives you all kinds of fun gizmos, like auto-indenting and 'showmatch', which shows which parenthese/bracket/brace you're closing, etc. I generally use 'vim' myself, which is a vi clone with other handy features, like syntax highlighting.
Man, that's the truth. I first started using vim in my early days with Linux. I'd broken X and the only text editor on that particular machine was vim. Up until then i'd always used jed. Once I'd figured out the basics, and some of the neat tricks you can do with vim, it became my primary text editor.
I've also had the occasional compile error using Visual Studio because of a :w in there somewhere.