10 key lessons for Linux learners

10 key lessons for Linux learners

Summary: TR's Jack Wallen says he can ensure a smooth migration to Linux simply by providing new users with a machine running the operating system and a few basic facts.


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  • 5. The command line is not necessary
    When new users get a Linux box, one of the first things they often say is: "Am I going to have to learn a lot of commands?" The answer is no. In fact, modern Linux distributions are created in such a way that users could live their entire Linux lives and never touch the command line. This is now a non-issue.

    Only those who want to use the command line need ever open up a terminal window. What's more, users can rest assured that they will not have to grep, ls, mkdir, chmod, or chown. Nearly every action in Linux can be handled through a GUI.

  • 6. No need to worry about infection
    New users need to know that all that concern about viruses and malware is a thing of the past because they're no longer dealing with Windows. They won't see AVG or SEP in the notification tray, and their machine will not be at risk without them.

    But it's still important to ensure users remember that their colleagues may still be using Windows, so they shouldn't be cavalier about forwarding email attachments. Just because those attachments won't harm a Linux box doesn't mean they won't damage a Windows machine.

  • 7. It's free
    I'm always shocked at how much trouble users have understanding the concept of open-source software and the fact that most of it is free. Their response is often to think the software can't be any good. Of course, in a consumerist society the idea that something free can be good may be difficult to grasp. In fact in many cases, open-source software is not only better for society, it's better for your computer.

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Topics: Operating Systems, Linux, Open Source, Software

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  • RE: 10 key lessons for Linux learners

    the best between all the operating systems :)
  • RE: 10 key lessons for Linux learners

    It's important to stress that the word "free" in the term "free software" refers to four fundamental freedoms, and it has nothing to do with monetary cost. The freedoms are

    1) Freedom to run the program for any purpose.

    2) Freedom to study the code (i.e., study how the software works), and make modifications if you wish.

    3) Freedom to share exact copies of the software.

    4) Freedom to share your modified versions of the software, so long as you keep the four freedoms intact.
  • Is there one example of a successful Windows to Linux Migration

    I am a Linux user. I have switched many friends and most family members to either Ubuntu derivatives or PCLinux OS. I have yet to find one company that has made a Linux Migration successfully and stayed with it. One business?
  • RE: 10 key lessons for Linux learners

    But there are far more things to note than just these 10.
    You need to choose which linux distro you want to use, availability of software that you use and support (even if thru forums) and there are quite a few variations out there and few more introduced every month. However the good thing is there is lot of commonality in them.

    I have been using ubuntu for some time now and I am quite comfortable with it. During early days there used to be Fedora, then came ubuntu and things changed a lot. Now-a-days you are not restricted to linux as the only true "free" OS. There are few more choices like opensolaris (for personal use), chrome OS (if all you do is browse and cloud storage is dirt cheap these days). I would like to hear from people if they have used FreeBSD as well.

    Linux Mint is next I want to try out, read few good reviews, but it is internally ubuntu. However for end-users (non-programmers) it would be a different OS altogether.

  • RE: 10 key lessons for Linux learners

    I'm a loyal Linux Mint user, have been since Mint 7. I don't entirely agree with this list.I suggest a re-write.
    1. Linux is not just for nerds/hackers, it's just a tablecloth over the table that is UNIX (which forms the base of all modern OS's)
    2. Linux is more secure than windows (so long as you don't go root unless you have to)
    3. No more driver disks, linux takes care of that for you.
    4. Linux can give older computers a new lease on life
    5. Not all computers can run linux out of the box, some need to be modified
    6. Don't give up because it didn't work first time, grow and learn
    7. There are friendly Linux experts all over the web available to help you if you have problems, most will help you for free.
    8. Do not fear the terminal, it will not bite you
    9.The Linux GUI's KDE,xfce, and Gnome(geh-nome) are very similar to windows
    10.Installing software on Linux is not terribly different from windows