The switcher’s guide to Linux

You don’t need to be a com­plete be­gin­ner to get con­fused by a new op­er­at­ing sys­tem. Nick Peers re­veals the an­swers to all your Linux-re­lated ques­tions.

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It’s never straight­for­ward mov­ing from one op­er­at­ing sys­tem to an­other. It doesn’t mat­ter how well versed you are in Win­dows, you can’t sim­ply trans­fer ev­ery­thing you know and ap­ply it equally to your new OS — and that’s par­tic­u­larly true when it comes to Linux, even when it’s as user-friendly as Ubuntu.

Some things trans­late, of course — how many ways are there to point and click, af­ter all? Nev­er­the­less, there are still fun­da­men­tal dif­fer­ences in the way Linux op­er­ates that you need to un­der­stand. Fail­ure to do so could re­sult in you break­ing your sys­tem.

In this fea­ture, we take you on a tour of the key dif­fer­ences you’ll en­counter in Ubuntu, and give you a ground­ing in how they work and what to ex­pect.

To be­gin, we ex­am­ine the Linux filesys­tem, and how it han­dles users and per­mis­sions. There’s a brief look at driv­ers, then we re­veal how you find, in­stall, up­date and man­age soft­ware. We also in­tro­duce you to the Ter­mi­nal. Don’t run away — it’s nei­ther scary nor a cure for in­som­nia. We fin­ish by look­ing at what’s new in the lat­est re­lease (Ubuntu 17.04). No time to waste; a whole OS is out there, wait­ing for you to get to know it bet­ter.

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