By Hoo Ann

Tux, the Linux mascotIf you are a regular user of Windows or Mac OSX, you will feel like being lost in a strange world in the first time you install and try Linux as the operating system for your computer. In this article, I will show you some tips to help you get accustomed to the magnificent world of Linux as a beginner.

Choose the right Linux distribution that suits your need and experience

There are already a lot of Linux distributions out there for you to choose and there will be more new distributions created by Linux enthusiasts day after day. But unfortunately, not all Linux distribution can be used by beginners. For Linux newbies, I recommend you to choose popular distributions like Ubuntu or Linux Mint.. These distribution are very user-friendly, easy to install and somewhat similar to normal operating systems like Windows and Apple Mackintosh. When you gain more experience and are willing to explore the new things, you can move to more advanced Linux distributions like Arch Linux or Gentoo.

Do not be afraid of the command line

For an average Linux user, the command line is arguably one of the most frequently used applications. The command line is a very powerful and useful tool, you can do almost all the basic computer tasks on the terminal, such as browsing websites, using it as an online chat client or a mail client, you can even listen to music and watch videos on the terminal as well. By the same token, do not be afraid of the command line, try to learn all the basic commands and use the terminal as frequently as possible and your knowledge about Linux will increase very fast.

You can use Windows software and games on Linux easily

Do not worry that you cannot find an open sourced alternative for your favorite window application. And do not worry that you will have to give up playing video games after switching to Linux as well. The trick is you need to use some special packages like Wine. With Wine, you can play video games and run Windows applications on Linux very easily.

Try to seek help on Linux forums and chat channels

The community of Linux users are very huge, active and friendly. So whenever you encounter a problem with Linux, just drop by a Linux forum and ask questions, people there will be very willing to help newbies. Also, all the Linux distributions usually come with user manuals so do not forget to read these document first.

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