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What Is Linux: An Overview of the Linux Operating System

The Linux operating system represented a $25 billion ecosystem in 2008. Since its inception in 1991, Linux has grown to become a force in computing, powering everything from the New York Stock Exchange to mobile phones to supercomputers to consumer devices.This article will explore the various components of the Linux operating system, how they are created and work together, the communities of Linux, and Linux's incredible impact on the IT ecosystem.

Switch to Linux

If you need commercial-quality software to work with business documents, Internet/networking, or multimedia and graphics, it's in Linux right out of the box. Want more than that? Linux can do it; there are hundreds of free, high-quality applications you can find and install easily. You shouldn't assume however, that Linux is a clone of Windows. To know what to expect when stepping into it, this article will help you with the basics of switching to Linux.

Linux Migration Guide: Finding Help

The Linux community is massive. There are lots of places to go for help, enough so that sorting out which places to try first can be the tough part. Here's a handy guide to where to go when you need help with Linux.
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Linux Migration Guide: Keep Your Windows Games

One thing that can make people feel a bit nervous about moving from Windows to Linux is games. As much as everyone talks about productivity software and Web browsing, let's face it, everyone likes to have a little fun.

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Linux Migration Guide: Accessing Windows Data from Linux and Vice Versa

Since you're starting from the Windows world before moving to Linux, you no doubt have files on a Windows drive somewhere that you'll want to access from Linux.

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Linux Migration Guide: Finding Linux Equivalents to Your Favorite Windows Programs

Which do you spend more time interacting with: your operating system, or your software? It's possible to get too pedantic with the answer as ultimately everything comes back to the operating system, but really, the answer is your software.

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Debunking Common Misconceptions Among Linux Newbies

The following list is derived from my personal experience, both as a former Linux newbie, and in the dealings I have had with other Linux newbies. Linux newbies often have a lot of misconceptions about what Linux is, and about how they should learn it. These statements are meant to contradict some of those misconceptions.

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