Have you decided that you want to use a Linux operating system? Fine, you will become a member a community of people who appreciate open source software. But before you change functional, you need to realize a few details, and change some of your habits.
I do not think Linux is more difficult to use than Windows, but you will need to unblock some of your behaviors to adopt new ones.
Below I describe 5 of the details I mentioned above that I think it will be good to know from the beginning.
Do not install Linux on a new computer
If you have a new Windows or MacOS computer, you may want to wait a year or two before trying to install Linux. Installing Linux on very new hardware will present more problems than good, and it is probably not worth it.
Most computer manufacturers do not run tests to see if Linux is running on their machines. They do not sell Linux computers, which means that they do not provide drivers for functions that are not supported by the Linux kernel.
In some cases, you may not be able to install Linux at all, while in others, you may be able to install Linux but you will soon find that your Wi-Fi or sound card is not working.
To be on the safe side, install Linux on your older PC. Check the list of hardware he uses and look at the distribution support boards you are interested in. If you really want a new Linux computer, buy one that comes pre-installed with the open source operating system. You probably won't find such systems in your neighborhood stores, but there are plenty of options online.
Avoid software from external sources
In Windows, you usually download the application you want to install from the developer page. For the most part, Linux does not work this way.
If at some point the application you are looking for exists only from an external source, there are guides that will explain the process.
Installing software from external sources can lead to future problems. Sometimes an application requires a different version of a system component, and unfortunately, other programs on your machine may not yet be ready or compatible, leading to glitches. So you will wonder why Linux is so buggy and you will start blaming the operating system.
Keep software from external sources very limited in your system and try to stick to the software provided by the same distribution.
Use software built specifically for Linux
If you come from Windows, you should forget about them applications you used. When you first switch to Linux, you may want to stick to what you knew. Unfortunately, companies often use fewer resources to develop a software version that runs Linux. Skype, for example, until recently provided a client for Linux that was far behind the Windows version.
Many would say that Google Chrome is the best browser available on Linux, but that does not mean that it will work well with other applications or Linux itself. THE Mozilla Firefox is a free open source browser and seems to have been adopted by most Linux distributions, because in addition to compatibility, it more faithfully follows the idea and principles of open source software.
VLC is a large and recognized application both on Linux and elsewhere. Many free tools started on the Linux platform before moving on to others, such as GIMP and Pidgin. Software available only on Linux is not necessarily good. But software built for Linux is likely to offer a much better experience than applications developed by developers who see Linux as a secondary platform.
Open to new experiences
Many Linux applications are not the same as those found on Windows or MacOS. They can perform similar functions, but they approach each project in a different way. If you want a program that works just like the one you had in Windows, you will probably be disappointed and your expectation will prevent you from trying everything Linux has to offer.
The GNOME interface is a good example. It does not look like the Windows interface, and if you do not allow yourself to try new things, you will definitely miss out on an amazing experience. KDE software may seem complex at first, but if you look for the settings, you can customize it as you wish. Linux is not an operating system that limits you, but you should take the time to explore it.
What you see this you will get
In commercial software, development is funded, while in free software there is usually not that much money behind each project. Developers may not devote as much time to development, or they may continue to develop in their spare time without any commitment. So the applications available from Linux distributions can remain the same for years without any update.
This means that the application you just discovered for the first time will not change in the near future. This is great if you like the look of the app, but not so good if you encounter a bug.
This situation is not just the result of limited financial resources. The Linux ecosystem is relatively more democratic compared to other computing operating systems. Development teams will have to agree to take things in stride, and since the code is open, developers and users who are unhappy with a change usually choose to keep things as they are.
This does not mean that Linux software does not change. The GNOME interface is constantly changing and is very different from what it was ten years ago. But if you are waiting for the redesign of GIMP, Inkscape or AbiWord applications to be completed, you will probably have to wait a long time.
Are you using Linux?
Personally yes, I have been using it for years. I only use open source applications and I like to know that I can only install what I need from GNOME. The tools I use are consistent and reliable as always, and when I want to try something different, I always find something new. In case I need to work with applications that do not work on Linux, I also have a Windows computer, but the main operating system I use is Linux.
Are you a new user of Linux? What surprises have you encountered? Have you been using it for years, what are the things you learned and would like to know before you start for the first time?