Linux what you need to know before adopting the operating system

Have you decided that you want to use functional Linux? You will be happy to join of a community of people appreciated by the 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 need to unblock some of your behaviors to adopt new ones.

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Below I describe 5 from the details I mentioned above that I think it would 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 might want to wait one or two years before trying to install Linx. Installing Linux on very new hardware will present more problems than good, and probably not worth it.

Most computer manufacturers do not check to see if Linux runs on ματά τους. Δεν πωλούν υπολογιστές με Linux, και αυτό σημαίνει ότι δεν παρέχουν προγράμματα οδήγησης για λειτουργίες που δεν υποστηρίζει ο πυρήνας του Linux.

In some cases, you can't install Linux at all, while in others, you may be able to install Linux but you'll soon find out that your Wi-Fi or sound card is not working.

To be more confident, install Linux on your older PC. Check your hardware list and look at the distribution support tables you are interested in. If you definitely want a new Linux computer, buy one that comes with the pre-installed open operating system. You probably will not find such systems in your neighborhood stores, but there are many choices on the internet.

Avoid software from external sources

On Windows, you usually download it from the developer's page that you want to install. For the most part, Linux doesn't work this way.

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Users of the application download and install applications in the Linux application store. Each distribution also has a store or package manager full of free software that you can use.

If at some point the application you are looking for is only available from an external source, there are guides to 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 malfunctions. So you'll be wondering why Linux is so buggy and you'll start blaming the operating system.
You keep the software from external sources very limited to your system and try to stay in the software provided by the same distribution.

Use software specifically designed for Linux

If you come from Windows, you should forget about them applications you were using. When you first change to Linx, you may want to stick to what you know. Unfortunately, companies often use fewer resources to develop a software version running Linux. Skype, for example, until recently provided a client for Linx that was far behind the Windows version.

Many would say that Google Chrome is the best program ς που διατίθεται στο Linux, αλλά αυτό δεν σημαίνει ότι θα λειτουργεί με τις υπόλοιπες εφαρμογές ή και το ίδιο το Linux τόσο καλά. Ο Mozilla Firefox he is one 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 great and recognized application on Linux and elsewhere. Many free tools started from the Linux platform before moving to others like GIMP and Pidgin. The software available only at Linx is not necessary and 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 you would encounter on Windows or MacOS. They can perform similar functions, but approach each project in a different way. If you want a program that works just like you did on Windows, you'll 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 an amazing experience. KDE software may seem complex at first, but if you look for the settings, you can customize it as you want it to. Linux is not an operating system that limits you, but you have to devote time to exploring it.

What you see this will get

In commercial software, development is funded, while free software usually does not have as much money behind each project. Developers may not spend so much time on development, or they can continue to grow in their free time without any commitment. So the apps available from Linx distributions can remain for years without any information.

This means the app you just discovered for the first time will not change in the near future. This is great if you like the app's appearance, but it's not that good if you get an error.

This situation is not the result of only scarce economic resources. The Linx ecosystem is relatively more democratic than other computationally functional. Development teams should agree to take things a new direction, and as the code is open, developers and users who are not satisfied with a change usually choose to keep things as they are.

This does not mean that Linxx's software does not change. The GNOME interface is constantly changing and very different from what it was ten years ago. However, if you expect to complete the redesign of GIMP, Inkscape, or AbiWord applications, you will probably expect a lot.

Do you use Linux?

Personally yes, I have been using it for years. I only use applications for the open operating system and I like to know that I can only install what I need from GNOME. The tools I use are consistent and reliable as ever, and when I want to try something different, I always find something new. If some work is required with applications that are not running on Linux, I also have a Windows computer, but the main operating I use is Linx.

Are you a new Linux user? What surprises have you met? Do you use years, what are the things you learned and would like to know before you first start?

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  1. "means they don't provide drivers for features that the Linux kernel doesn't support."
    Is the correct one: "which supports"?

  2. I use Arch / Plasma and I love it.
    It has AUR, so it's a key point for me, I find almost everything there.
    I also really like elementaryOS, which I have in VM, and I watch it.
    Another philosophy of course, but it is an amazing distribution for where it is addressed.
    Always in Dual Boot with Windows, which I have so .. to sit.
    For basic day-to-day tasks, Linux is perfect, I spend 95% of my time with it.
    Now, for a DAW I work on, I need Windows exclusively, so it is one way.
    I'm not 'painted' with any operating system.
    I really appreciate the good of free / open source but I also want to do my job as a person, so I will work with whatever is necessary.
    It is good to know how to work everything, so that you have alternatives.
    Keep this only…
    Learn to have alternatives, because you never know what will happen.

  3. I've been using Debian since version 3.0 and have since had multi-boot with windblows for games…
    For several years I took down the windblows and only Debian on the hard drive. Stable version with of course the extra repositories so I do not need anything from testing, and unstable.
    You take a look at the rutracker and you are ready.

  4. I'm personally been on Debian for years.
    My path was Ubuntu (Debian alpha) -> Mint (Debian beta) -> Debian.

    Now lately I'm worried about adopting systemd (which violates one of the most fundamental principles of Unix) and I do not want it.
    I'm waiting for the new firmware version of Devuan (ASCII) to try it out and see.
    While waiting, I ran out of Jessie (oldstable), because stable is a potato.

    Question:
    Noun, in Arch can you choose an alternative startup or is systemd one way?

    • Arch = systemd, but since you're in debian, I would highly recommend MX Linux or antiX (Greek). For Arch fork, try Artix Linux (OpenRC), also Greek.
      The first two are very good, I have not tried Artix, and it is a new distribution. Let them mature

      • THANKS George !!! :-)

        Artix really looks very promising and I like that it has LXQt in its options.

        (Because I'm in KDE, I'm looking (as much as possible) for a familiar desktop as well).
        With the exception of PC Linux (which has KDE) and Trinity Desktop (which has the good old KDE3 environment), LXQt seems to me to be more familiar right now.

    • and Debian 10 (Buster) changes the GNOME Session to wayland, but is still unstable. Debian unstable, however, is more stable than many other "stable" distributions. I will put it in a partition to see it

      • I decided to try Linux, mainly to "resurrect" some older machines. After testing peppermint I came up with Mx Linux. Surely when you are used to 20 years of Windows some things surprise you. I still do not understand basic things like all these sudo, repos etc etc because I have not devoted the necessary time. In any case, Mx Linux make a 10-year-old machine worthwhile in everyday use. With the exception of MsOffice, which unfortunately is not a substitute for Libre, you can do all the basics of a normal daily life without any problems.

  5. I have been using it since the end of 2005. I started with opensuse 10.2 KDE and so far I have experimented with many distributions. For the last 4-5 years I have settled on Xubuntu.

    You George what distribution do you use now?

    • oooh, I use different, the main one is Arch and because I have multiboot I use manjaro for the system selection bios screen. Manjaro automatically starts the system you used before reboot. I have Centos, Debian, MX on various computers. I generally avoid ubuntoids

      • I had tried Arch a long time ago, when he still had that text-based installer but I did not like his PMS. Centos has ancient but stable packages, good for server. Fedora is generally ok, it follows more upstream than debian, very clean and organized, but it spoils my dnf which is still slow since it had yum, that is always. Debian is also fine just the reason I prefer ubuntu is because it has easier installation, more user-friendly customized xfce by default (xubuntu-session), especially one that has ready indicators support and a more pleasant theme, it is also more up-to- date and you are even more sure that the packages from ppa will play.

        Somehow I generally came to this distribution;)

        • Arch does not have an installer yet, but I prefer it because I make the system the way I want it, without bloats. Also with this operating system, I have every new release of applications, features, and de, immediately after their release. This of course is not good for everyone, but I need it for reviews.
          For Debian stability, I stay away from big development companies like Opensuse and Canonical.
          Regarding desktop environments, cinnamon, xfce and kde

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