have probably heard about this thing called Linux.
Everybody seems to be arguing over it. Is it better than Windows or
faster or cheaper. Some say it doesn’t support anything while
say it supports more than windows. Your curiosity is aroused and you
wonder if you should give linux a try before parting with a few hundred
dollars for the latest version of windows.
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a start you need to have an open mind. Linux is similar in
operation to windows but it is not windows. There are differences.
Sometimes significant ones. Programs will have different names and will
appear different. You will definitely have some learning ahead of you.
However that learning will not be much different than going from
windows XP to windows Vista. The most important thing is to expect
things to be different and until you get used to where everything is
you will have to do a bit of searching.
of modern linux distributions is very simple now
and in some cases even simpler and faster than installing windows.
There are very few questions asked and in almost all cases the default
answers are the right ones so the familiar next,next,next routine of
installing programs will feel right at home.
your new linux is installed you will be presented with a
different looking desktop to what you will be used to. That’s
because it is a completely different operating system. Before throwing
up your hands in confusion and exasperation take a minute or two to
have a close look at what you see.
will see going across the bottom of the desktop a bar
similar but not quite like the windows task bar. In fact it does the
exact same thing. Right where you expect the windows start button to be
you will see a button that when clicked on opens up a menu exactly the
same way windows does. That button may have a picture of a gear on it
or it may be something else.
that menu, just like windows, you will see several choices. Much
more than a fresh install of windows will offer. That is because a
freshly installed Linux gives you all the programs you need to do 90%
of your daily tasks without having to install anything else. You will
have your internet, email, word processing, spreadsheet, presentation,
music player, instant messaging, scanning and photograph editor and of
course the requisite card games. These are all ready to use as soon as
you have finished installing linux.
of these programs look and operate very similar to their
windows counterparts so after a bit of playing around they will feel
right at home. Until you get used to your new linux system just about
all of the linux distributions will have a forum or mailing list that
are populated by people from all over the world who are willing and
even eager to help you on your path of learning. In fact most, if not
all questions you will have will have already been answered in a
document called a FAQ which is short for frequently answered questions.
It is highly suggested the this document is read at least once.
that you are more familiar with your linux system and the time comes
that you want to install some other programs. In the windows world that
generally means buying a program from a supplier and then manually
installing it. With linux you have access to tens of thousands of
programs, for free, that can be installed
with a few mouse clicks. This
is possible because every good distribution has a packet manager which
connects to a repository of programs and presents you with a list that
can be categorised and searched. All you need to do is select the
programs you want to install, click on install and the linux system
does the rest. Once the program is finished installing it is ready to
of a linux system is very easy too. With a good linux
distribution all configuration that you need to worry about is
presented in a very similar way to the windows control panel and you
can easily adjust to the slightly different syntax. Upgrading and
security patches are also handled automatically and in a linux system
all installed programs from the packet manager are upgraded and patched
by the distribution. You don’t need to have to
party programs like with windows.
when you decide to give Linux a try you will find that you will
have an interesting time ahead of you. You will be confused sometimes,
you will be frustrated sometimes. Sometimes you will feel like shooting
your computer but then you have probably had those same feelings with
can guarantee that your journey with Linux will never be
boring. You will learn a lot along the way and finally be FREE of
Micro$ofts control of your desktop, your computer, and your very
existance in todays digital world!