So you're tired of Windows? So you wanted to switch to Linux whether you wanted to switch it up, or just learn something new, these are a few tips to get you started!
1. START WITH A VIRTUAL MACHINE!
I can not stress this enough DO NOT wipe your PC and dive straight into Linux if you do not know what you're getting into. Just download a VM and start from there and this is also a way to keep you from freaking out if it does not work.
2. Stick with Linux Mint, Linux Lite or Ubuntu
These are distros ( distributions ) of Linux. There are HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS of them. That being said stick to those three because they are the most popular, the most supported, and the most user-friendly for the newer users there are going to be your best bet!
3. Understand the Basics of the Linux Filesystem
In Linux there, you don't just go to the website and download an exe file and install a program you want. Some programs you cant even get on Linux because it is not supported, to install a program you have to go through something called the terminal and without knowledge of this process and commands you will be doing a LOT of googling so the best bet is to just learn the basic commands of the terminal and learning root, sudo commands so when you need to download, update your computer you can do so without being so confused
4. Finding The Programs You Need
There is a site called AlternaviteTo
that best helps with finding the Linux equivalent to programs in Windows.
5. Stay Updated.
The first thing you should do after finishing up your new Linux distro is to update it! Automatic updates are probably already enabled by default on your Ubuntu or Linux Mint installation, but if you want to see it for yourself or tweak any settings, navigate to the following menus:
Ubuntu: Settings>Software & Updates>Updates
Linux Mint: Open Update Manager and select one of three options: "Just keep my computer safe" which only automatically install security-related updates, "Let me review sensitive updates", which will allow you to see any updates that are unrelated to security so you can review them before installing, or "Always update everything" which keeps everything automatically updated without user intervention.
If you want to be super sure your Linux machine is up to date open the terminal and type apt-get update then apt-get upgrade to get the most out of your machine!
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