HowTo – Wed, 02 Mar 2016 16:33:32 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Linux Wiki Wed, 22 Feb 2012 10:30:18 +0000 Linux Wiki is a community website for users of Linux and others who are interested in Linux. Linux Wiki is found at Run on the Wikia platform, Linux Wiki allows for free editing of site content by any visitor. If is even possible to add extraneous content simply by clicking on the Edit link encased in a blue button with pencil icon at the top of the page. The button opens the Wikia editor, where changes can be freely made. Certain content cannot be modified on the page, but can still be deleted.

Linux Wiki has fundamental content, designed and implemented by interested editors or perhaps a founder. Centered on the home page is a large table showing Popular Linux Software and Top Ten Distros (Linux distributions). Anyone visiting the site and seeking to add Linux to a computer can click on one of the Distro links, and proceed to download a version of Linux. These include Ubuntu, Linux Mint, Fedora, Debian, PCLinuxOS, and others. Launching upon Linux use for the first time on a desktop is a thrilling process, even if one wishes later to delete the operating system and revert purely to Windows.

As for Linux software, Linux Wiki lists almost forty different software releases for Linux. These include the graphical user interfaces or desktop environments of Gnome, KDE, and others. They are found at the heart of Linux desktop releases. There are also Linux programs for media editing and playback and artistic design. These might be less frequently used by everyday computer users than would the Internet releases of Firefox, Chromium (Chrome), and Opera, along with the Office releases of Open Office, and the communications releases of Pidgin and Skype. The great thing about this software, and all Linux software, is that it is free!

Linux Wiki is a fun place to visit for anyone who has ever used Linux, and even those who haven’t, but who still might some day. Linux and Linux software are all free, and all readily available for quick download from an abundance of websites. Easy to install and use, too, just as the Linux Wiki shows. All in all, Linux Wiki is a great and useful resource.

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Is a Linux Tutorial Right for You? Mon, 20 Feb 2012 07:28:26 +0000 The vast majority of computer users today use either Microsoft Windows or Apple’s Mac OS. Linux, in all of its various flavors, shares some similarities with these mainstream operating systems, but there are enough differences that using a Linux tutorial can help a new user get running faster with fewer headaches.

Linux is not the name of a universal operating system like Windows or Mac OS. The name Linux actually refers only to the kernel, or the most basic part of the operating system. Different versions of Linux, called distributions or distros, all share this kernel, but many of them will have a separate Linux tutorial, because the extra features can vary quite a bit from distro to distro.

Mac OS users may have an advantage in learning to use Linux, because Mac OS uses similar file structures and terminology, but a Linux tutorial will still be of help.

A typical MS Windows user would be more likely to benefit from a Linux tutorial, because the differences are so great between Windows and Linux in general. Finding a good, distro specific Linux tutorial will be invaluable in learning the ins and outs of your news OS.

As a rule of thumb, you probably need a Linux tutorial if you are the kind of user who needs extra help when you are trying new things on your computer. After all, a tutorial is an easier way to learn compared to reading pages of documentation or forum posts.

On the other hand, if you are the kind of computer user who is comfortable with things like command line interfaces, kernel hacking, or programming languages, a Linux tutorial might not be for you. But if your experience in Linux is out of date, or if you have only used one flavor, then consider a Linux tutorial before you jump into your next new distro.

For most Windows and Mac OS users, regardless of level of experience with computers, a Linux tutorial is the first step in knowing how to do things the right way, and that will make your transition into Linux go much more smoothly and easily.

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