A be­gin­ner’s guide to Linux

CHRIS HOFF­MAN and ALEX CAMP­BELL reveal how to get started

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The world of Linux is ready to wel­come you, with a shower of free open-source soft­ware you can use on any PC: hun­dreds of ac­tive Linux dis­tri­bu­tions, and dozens of dif­fer­ent desk­top en­vi­ron­ments you could run on them. It’s a far cry from the one-size-fits-all, this-is-just-what-comeswith-your-PC vi­sion of Win­dows.

Ev­ery­thing from soft­ware in­stal­la­tion to hard­ware driv­ers works dif­fer­ently on Linux, though, which can be daunting. Take heart – you don’t even need to in­stall Linux on your PC to get started. Here’s ev­ery­thing you need to know.

Choose and down­load a Linux dis­tri­bu­tion

The first step is choos­ing the Linux dis­tri­bu­tion you’ll want to use. Un­like Win­dows 10, there’s no sin­gle ver­sion of Linux. Linux dis­tri­bu­tions take the Linux ker­nel and com­bine it with other soft­ware

Fe­dora Linux with the Gnome Shell desk­top

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