Stop press: Linux isn’t Windows!
Most Linux distro’s desktop do a good job of masking the fact that Linux and Windows are different operating systems. There’s the small matter of the filesystem of course, while Linux is much tighter with security than Windows. Windows has closed the gaps in some areas – file and folder permissions, for example – but in others Linux remains way out in front. For example, you can’t perform an administrative task in Linux – such as installing a program – without supplying your user password. It’s this attention to detail that makes Linux far less vulnerable to malware and hackers.
Despite appearances, Linux remains an operating system that performs best from the shell environment. Ubuntu has a good front end, but as you’ll see, don’t resist embracing the command line through the Terminal.
Ubuntu is a much more open, communitysupported environment than Windows. It’s packed with free (and open source) software, helping drive down computing costs, but most support is found online through forums. The way Linux handles software – through centralised repositories and package managers – is another thing you need to get used to.
Finally, hardware compatibility is no longer the issue it was. While some devices won’t work, you’ll find most devices do, and many don’t require any additional configuration.