December 23, 2015

How do I use Linux?

Hi I have never used Linux before I have always had Microsoft OS. So I don't have a clue as to where I should even start.I am not a computer wiz .I have always heard that Linux is difficult at first, but it gets easier once start to pick it up.I am getting really tired Of widows It gets more and more confusing all the time. So I want to try Linux.Can any one tell me where to start. Any help you can give would be very appreciated. Thank Taltos68

Maybe my experience could be refered by you, i bought a arm9 board and...

Maybe my experience could be refered by you, i bought a arm9 board and followed the user manual step by step to operate the board, and installed and wrote a simple program for the board. You will be master-hand on Linux after you insisted learn.

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You can start trying a gnu/linux based distro. You can choose from different...

You can start trying a gnu/linux based distro. You can choose from different type of distro. Go to distrowatch and choose one to pick up. You can start trying *buntu based distro.

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Well so if you go to the page you got your distribution from there should be...

Well so if you go to the page you got your distribution from there should be further information about the distro and help guides.

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Well i was exactly where you are at about 6 months ago. A friend who has had...

Well i was exactly where you are at about 6 months ago. A friend who has had a lot of Linux experiance suggested that i sart with Linux Mint because mint is the most windows-user friendly distribution and is very easy for a nwebie to transition from windows to linux. I cant verify if that is truly so as i have no experiance with any of the other distributions but i have to say it has been a lot easier than i had initially thought it would be. I am by no means an adept but i hold my own, get all of my work done on my linux mashine in the same time if not faster than i used to with windows and it is a lot of fun! So try it, get the latest Linux mint distribution and i would also recomend the xfce desktop. Have fun

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This really depends on "how" you wish to use this OS. What will you use it...

This really depends on "how" you wish to use this OS. What will you use it for? Which software packages are you planning to use? Etc..

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Just try it!...

Just try it!
Look at http://www.everydaylinuxuser.com/2012/09/5-ways-to-try-linux-without-mes.... Wubi id deprecated so do NOT try that. The comments include virtual machine so that is another way.

Look at https://livecdlist.com/ and http://www.pendrivelinux.com/.

How did you start to use Microsoft Windows?

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Linux is an operating system just like Windows. It can do any task that you...

Linux is an operating system just like Windows. It can do any task that you need it to. Modern distros can be used completely from the menus like Windows and in this way are "user friendly".

What is confusing about Windows and what is your goal in switching?

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Hi taltos68, you could get a thousand different answers to this question its...

Hi taltos68, you could get a thousand different answers to this question its a bit like asking which auto should I buy? But in my opinion the one I would start with is Linux Mint as almost everything on the screen is where a Windows user would expect to find it, although most of the software is going to be unfamiliar so a big learning curve. The other thing about Linux Mint in addition to its own excellent forum as its based on Unbuntu most of the solutions posted to problems read straight across to Linux Mint so there is a vast pool of knowledge available, you soon find out that Google is your best friend. Be prepared to break your system at first, we have all done it starting out, in my case several times, one of the ways you may mitigate this is to trial run Linux distributions in Virtual Box on your Windows machine or though it runs slower you can also use a live disc but you can't save any of your data using this method. Also if you Google around there are plenty of good free books and website tutorials available to help get you started, although getting your hands dirty is probably the best way to learn!

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If you have XP, Vista, or Windows 7 (on a non-UEFI computer), then check out...

If you have XP, Vista, or Windows 7 (on a non-UEFI computer), then check out the website firsttimelinux.com. If you have a computer with UEFI (Windows8 and above), then check out everydaylinuxuser.com (for how to deal with the UEFI in particular).

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You can start by picking a distribution of Linux. There are many of them. I...

You can start by picking a distribution of Linux. There are many of them. I recommend starting with Linux Lite, which you'll find at www.linuxliteos.com. Documentation on how to install it is included in the Support section of their website. And there's a knowledge base and 24/7 support available through their support forum. Check it out.

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