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Most people are only familiar with using operating systems like Windows and Mac OSX. It can be a little intimidating to start using a new operating system. This is especially true when you are switching to something like Linux. If you are getting started with Linux I’ll show you several tips and tricks to get you started on the right foot.

Deciding Which Distribution Is The Right Choice For You
The first thing you’ll need to decide is which Linux distribution you are going to install. You will need to choose one that suits your level of experience. There are a ton of different distributions to choose from. More are being created right now. And many more will be created in the future. Most of these distributions are not ideal for people just getting started with Linux. If you are just starting to learn Linux you should use a more user friendly distribution. I’d recommend you go with something like Ubuntu or Linux Mint. These are extremely user friendly distributions. You won’t have any trouble getting them installed either. Another bonus is they are somewhat similar to the operating systems you are used to. When you get used to using Linux you can feel free to move to a more advanced distribution.

Learn To Love The Terminal
The second tip I can give you is to not feel intimidated by the command line. It can be a little tough when starting out. Everything will begin to make sense with time. For a normal user of Linux, the command line will be among one of their most used programs. You can do almost anything you can do from a desktop program from the command line. You can do things like visit websites and chat with your friends online. It’s even possible to watch videos and listen to music too! Start off by learning all the basic commands. Besides that, be sure to use the command line as much as you can. The more you use it the faster you will pick it up.

Using All Your Favorite Windows Applications On Linux
If you are concerned you won’t be able to find an open source version of your favorite Windows software, don’t worry. Many people think they won’t be able to play games anymore either. That’s not the case though. You can still enjoy all your favorite games on Linux. All you need to do is install a package such as Wine. By using Wine you will be able to enjoy all of your favorite Windows applications.

Where To Go For More Help
If you run into any trouble while trying to learn some new Linux tricks just head over to a Linux forum or chat. You’ll find that the Linux community is very active. They have no problem answering any questions you might have about Linux. Don’t expect to be spoon fed all the time though. It’s much appreciated in the Linux community to do your best to find the information you need yourself before asking questions.

Author’s bio – Joe Thompson with all his dexterity in writing articles related to security is an author for the company Homesecurity.org.

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