Skip to comments.Top 10 Tips For Beginning Linux
Posted on 01/24/2014 6:48:04 AM PST by ShadowAce
Most of the time when I write articles on this blog I will have planned them out and worked out when and how I will publish them. (I know some of you might be thinking "Really?").
Occasionally though a nugget drops straight into your inbox and you really don't need to put much thought into it at all. Today is one of those days.
Earlier this week I received an email containing a link to a very interesting video, from Steve Barth, who produces videos for CBT Nuggets.
The video linked below is split into two main sections.
In the first part there is an overview of what Linux actually is, from Shawn Powers, who is a trainer for CBT Nuggets.
The second part of the video has 10 points which give an overview of the things that make up a Linux based operating system and how best to try it out.
It really is an overview but a good place to start.
After you have watched the video check out these links for more help:
Also--I'd imagine (though not certain) that the link for creating a bootable Linux USB from Vista also applies to Windows 7.
My #1 tip is don’t plan to use it as your primary desktop unless you plan to dedicate a bunch of time to maintaining it. And never ever ever try to install a program by compiling it unless you want to play hunt the next library. :-)
bookmark for future reading
in ubuntu the command line apt-get takes care of most of that library hunting stuff.
On the other hand. The 10 steps can be condensed down to 1.
1. Get a Mac.
I use it as my primary desktop and perform virtually zero maintenance.
And no one ever installs a program by compiling it any more. It's all automated.
I spend less time maintaining linux than Windows 7. I have a dual boot system. I run Debian Stable, all defaults, and it is like a rock.
Thanks for posting this.
I have a desktop that I haven’t fired up in a couple years, think I might install Linus and play around with it for the first time.
There’s a decent-sized community here on FR that can assist if you have questions. Don’t hesitate to ask.
I’ve been using Linux casually for about 3 years now. I have now migrated all of my web related activities to Linux Mint with some apps still on a web-disconnected XP machine. I’m in the process of either migrating to open source Linux applications and for the ones (some legacy programs) that I don’t have equivalents for, I am using those Windows apps under Wine.
Working out really well.
Let me say, in this explanation I use “CD-rom”, that is actually probably, a DVD-rom. Also I do not accept responsibility for any lack of success, or even if you completely obliterate your system, leaving you with an inert bit of hardware forever. That said, here is my explanation and I have mostly not fried any hard drives.
The first step in my opinion, is just go buy a second hard drive. Then download a Linux install CD from some place (I have ubuntu, there are a lot of places to unload a Linux CD however)
That is it. Have a blank extra hard drive, and (before you start) copy an install CD (DVD).
That’s all you need.
Remove your hard drive from your computer, which will keep your operating system 100% intact, unless you are completely lacking at basic repair skills. This involves removing some screws and some basic (very basic) mechanical effort. Very basic.
Put your new hard drive in your PC. Your computer is now no longer functioning, don’t worry. A blank hard drive. Then load your CD with the installation CD you saved.
Follow the instructions.
Others can probably offer advice, but this is my simple set of instructions.
My biggest suggestion is however, the extra install CD-rom needs to be copied first.
Or you will now have an inert bit of cool-looking plastic now on your desk.
One of those two... :D
"Automated" and "compiled from source" aren't mutually exclusive. I run a small group of Gentoo machines, and almost all of the programs are compiled from source, automatically (well, on demand).
The downside is that it can take from a few seconds to a few hours to install a new program (compiling firefox, chromium and other big programs takes a relatively long time).
That’s not true. Everytime I want a new program it’s not on my version of Linux at that time so I’m left playing find the lib.
for the past decade Linux fans have been saying that issue is solved and its not. Until they can standardize on a common platform it won’t be.
I’ve been hearing much improved for the past 20 years and it always falls way short. It is improving though but not really ready for common user desktop use.
I use it for more advanced things like accessing hard drives for recovery of data and WiFi snooping analysis.
Android is basically a version of Linux w/Java.
The tablets are selling really well and most people find them very easy to use.
Could one use a external hard drive?
Tip 11: grow a thick skin for ‘peer support’ along the lines of ST*U NOOB!
I ran a Wireless ISP, and there are NO better network sniffing tools than on Linux.
My experience has been limited to install on a CD, which is completely new/overwritten.
I know a lot of people have done other alternative, I leave others to comment.
It’s a simple install, except when it’s not.
So sort of use judgement. I’ve not had any trouble on several PC’s.
Sorry “install on a hard drive”.
I’ve only installed from a CD/DVD to a hard drive which has been taken over by the install.
It works however. Mostly.
I try every year or so and It’s always little things that should work that end up killing the experiment. Things like printing problems, dodgy docking station support, dual monitor support sucks, and my least favorite game of all, Driver Search.
I saw a report alleging that in Europe, most of the laptops and other computers come loaded with Linux as the primary; people have to buy Microsoft as an add on.
I don’t know if that’s true or not. I also haven’t tried it because: 1) I don’t know how or if it would work with my AVG anti-virus or my No Script and 2) I’m a heavy Word and Excel user.
Thanks! I appreciated it.
I’m going to take of a few files I need and then proceed.
Do I wipe the hard drive first or install on top of Windows? (I’m guessing the former)
Anaconda, at least, is smart enough to know you have a Windows partition and can install on any free space you have on the drive, or wipe it out entirely if that is your wish.
I also use Word and Excel files. Granted, they are not laden with macros, but LibreOffice reads and writes to MS formats quite well. You can install LibreOffice under Windows, if you like, to get a taste for how it would interact with your files.
I read about LibreOffice: http://dennygoot.blogspot.com/2014/01/entire-italian-province-drops-microsoft.html
Italian Province of Umbria is adopting it as their standard and are dumping MS altogether!
Fascinating stuff, this!
This system has been Microsoft free for five years now, and i don't miss it.
Software is installed through the use of Software Repositories.
The major difference between Linux and what you are familiar with is that Linux is a true multi-user system. Unlike Windows, one does not log in as an Administrator for normal use.
Thanks to both of you!
Well ... some of us still compile but only because we’re die-hard control freaks who want it our way. ;p
I've been thinking of going after LFS again. I get about halfway through and then the installs/compiles start breaking down.
I have to harass you about that too! :-) Well, about the only time I compile something it's usually apache or php or something that needs a tweak not included in the automated packages. So consider yourself harassed!
I had trouble setting up the dual boot until I found this command in KUBUNTU.
That did the trick and also adds the option for a memory test and more.
Good Hunting... from Varmint Al
The only problem is my new wireless router from Time Warner does not support Linux.
However, a few years ago, I switched to XFCE. I like it much better than KDE. It just works the same way I do.
I don;t use teh ISP’s wireless. I shut it off, and plugged in my Linksys dd-wrt router instead, and use that for wireless.
If you have Linux, you won’t need AVG anti-virus
Unless your ISP gives you a wireless router that doesn’t work with Linux, argh
I heard all the police stations in France were switched over to Ubuntu. Imagine how many copies of Windows they are not going to spend money on.
Quite a savings.
I have a Windows 7 installation disc... but I can’t find my Puppy Linux Livedisc so I can use GParted to reformat the HDD and load Win 7. For some reason the last 3 distro’s I put on my USB refuse to boot. Something about invalid kernals.
I guess I need to buy some blank CD’s or DVD’s.
Or maybe my computer really doesn’t want to have Windows, maybe I should buy an ethernet cord.
Guess I should really gut up and give it a try. I’m fatigued with the Windows instability. So is my wife! And I’m getting tired of listening to her shout commands at the computer! (it doesn’t listen).
Not a lot of really good games for Linux though, but if you don’t care about that it’s cool. If someone just surfs the web, writes on LibreOffice and the basic stuff... Ubuntu Linux is great, and very stable.
(make sure to download a stable version, I still use 12.04 myself, there are also development versions)
Doesn’t even have to be Ubuntu, of course. BTW- Burn a disc or make a boot USB and try them out before you erase your Windows. Or better, keep Windows for things you can’t do with Linux yet.
It might make sense to compare the time maintaining it to the time you would otherwise spend with virus scanners, malware scanners, and all the other necessary maintenance required with MS-Windows.
I don’t spend any time maintaining my Ubuntu
Ain’t that the way it always is? :)
Sorry, dude. My 17-year-old daughter who has exactly one high-school Java programming class under her belt converted her laptop from Windows Vista to a dual-boot system running Ubuntu and Vista without any help from her Unix Sysadmin, DBA, LAMP, web admin, systems-level programmer parents.
If she can do it, so can others. She uses Ubuntu as her primary user interface.
All fine and dandy but until MasterCAM, CATIA, and FEmap all port to linux or mac I’m stuck with windows.
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