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What advice would you give to new people just starting to use Linux?

Posted: Wed Apr 04, 2018 12:55 pm
by KBD
Just realizing this is my 7th year using Linux. 7 years exactly this summer. And recalling all the things that intimidated me about Linux years ago.
Wondering what you would say to new people just starting to use Linux?

From me: Don't be afraid of the terminal. That was one of the things I was most intimidated by, and I now see it as one of the best, and most powerful Linux tools.

What advice would you give today?

Re: What advice would you give to new people just starting to use Linux?

Posted: Wed Apr 04, 2018 1:19 pm
by Old Giza
Have a separate Linux installation where you can try things without worrying about the consequences. Just try stuff and see what happens.

Keep a cheat sheet (text file, whatever) where you write down the neat ways you find of accomplishing something, because you will want to do it again.

Bookmark some sites you find useful, there's plenty out there.

Re: What advice would you give to new people just starting to use Linux?

Posted: Wed Apr 04, 2018 1:24 pm
by Eadwine Rose
Cheat sheet seconded, I have something like 20 pages long now and reinstallation is a breeze with those instructions available :)


Ask on the forum first before you do something that seems scary.


Also: google is your friend :)

Re: What advice would you give to new people just starting to use Linux?

Posted: Wed Apr 04, 2018 1:26 pm
by anticapitalista
Don't expect it to work like Windows.

Re: What advice would you give to new people just starting to use Linux?

Posted: Wed Apr 04, 2018 1:35 pm
by asqwerth
Think of the software or package manager like the app stores on smart phones, and install your programs from there. Don't go trawling the internet downloading executable files from different locations like Windows.

Re: What advice would you give to new people just starting to use Linux?

Posted: Wed Apr 04, 2018 2:50 pm
by bigbenaugust
Don't be afraid to break stuff. Take a backup of /home and go to town. That's how you learn things. ;)

Re: What advice would you give to new people just starting to use Linux?

Posted: Wed Apr 04, 2018 3:11 pm
by richb
Read documentation. If you get stuck or have a problem, very often the answer is in the manual that is provided for your distribution in a complete and understandable manner. This is especially true of the MX manuals. The wikis are also a source of good information.
As someone said Google is your friend. However a lot of the information may be old or tailored to a specific distribution causing you to be misled. And some may be just dead wrong.
Be patient. It does take time to learn a new system.

Re: What advice would you give to new people just starting to use Linux?

Posted: Wed Apr 04, 2018 3:29 pm
by ian.d.brunton
Get used to reading man pages. Some of them can be pretty intimidating when you're new (tar, for example) but with a little practice they get less scary.

Try out different distributions. If you try one and you don't like it, you don't have to keep using it.

Be willing to tinker. One of the great things about Linux compared to certain other operating systems is that you can modify almost everything to suit your preferences, aesthetics, and work flow. You don't have to accept the default settings.

Re: What advice would you give to new people just starting to use Linux?

Posted: Wed Apr 04, 2018 3:40 pm
by rich
I would say try MX Linux, it's pretty good.

Re: What advice would you give to new people just starting to use Linux?

Posted: Wed Apr 04, 2018 3:45 pm
by Gordon Cooper
anticapitalista wrote:Don't expect it to work like Windows.
+101