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Tired of Windows? Switching to Linux Will Be Easy If You Know This

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linux sounds intimidating, but it’s essentially just another operating system. When you buy a pre-built PC, it arrives with anoperating system pre-installed, usually windows or Mac. But Linux distros such as Ubuntu are just as capable asWindows 6 Things That Ubuntu Does Better Than Windows 6 Things That Ubuntu Does Better Than Windows Some think that Ubuntu is for nerds - but the truth is that Ubuntu is just as easy to use as Windows. In fact, there are several things Ubuntu does better than Windows 10. Read More .

The process of installing Linux is rather simple. But actually using Linux is a bit different. There are many incentives for migrating from Windows to Linux. For instance, Linux variants often use less RAM or offer a lightweight environment The Best Lean Linux Desktop Environment: LXDE Vs Xfce Vs MATE The Best Lean Linux Desktop Environment: LXDE Vs Xfce Vs MATE On a fresh Linux installation, there's not much you can do to speed things up, other than look at your choice of desktop environment. Here we look at three options: LXDE, Xfce, and MATE. Read More .

Overall, there’s simply more choice. If you’re tired of Windows, switching to Linux will be pretty easy if you know these things.

Windows vs. Linux
Tired of Windows? Switching to Linux Will Be Easy If You Know This

Let’s start by looking at the differences in Linux and Windows. Windows has nine main variants with various flavors such as Home and 32- vs. 64-bit iterations. Linux is vastly more complicated. Although the Linux Kernel is the backbone of all Linux distros, the open-source nature means anyone can alter the kernel. Thus, there are loads of varying Linux distros available.

Installing an Operating System

Depending on your hardware, installing Linux is often easier than loading Windows. Linux distros usually feature live boot options to try an operating system before installing. As opposed to Windows, Linux distributions typically come with open-source drivers. This alleviates the need to mess with drivers on a fresh install. However, as is often the case with Linux, you may need to perform some post-install tweaking. After loading Ubuntu on an HP m6 x360, I discovered that the wrong Wi-Fi driver loaded. Blacklisting the improper driver was fairly easy, but did require poking around in forums.

Windows, on the other hand, features a relatively minimal install from a user perspective.

Security
Tired of Windows? Switching to Linux Will Be Easy If You Know This

System admins are notorious for adoring Linux. Sysadmins also tend to value security. Therefore it’s no surprise that Linux is pretty heavy on the security front Is Linux Really as Secure as You Think It Is? Is Linux Really as Secure as You Think It Is? Linux is often touted as the most secure operating system you can get your hands onto, but is this really the case? Let's take a look at different aspects of Linux computer security. Read More . By default, no Linux user accounts have full administrator (root) access. However, Windows does. So on a Linux system, there’s an extra level of protection because of restricting default users to non-root access.

Sounds great, right? Well, there are certainly situations when these security measures might seem a hassle. Early on in my Linux days, I managed to move a folder with root-only access to my Trash bin. Because this folder was owned by root, I had insufficient privileges to delete it. Eventually I managed to purge it from my Trash, but the process involved launching Nautilus and navigating folders.

Windows lends the user much more control ― but as they say, “With great power comes great responsibility.” You can easily delete the wrong file and muck up your entire computer. Additionally, viruses and malware are usually written for Windows. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t use security software on Linux The 7 Best Free Linux Anti-Virus Programs The 7 Best Free Linux Anti-Virus Programs Read More . On the contrary, you absolutely should. But fewer viruses for Linux, as well as limited root access, help contain the damage viruses and malware may wreak on Linux.

Installing Apps

Installing new apps and games on Linux is straightforward, if a little different to Windows.


Tired of Windows? Switching to Linux Will Be Easy If You Know This
DEB

Installing apps on Linux differs from Windows as well. With operating systems like Macand Windows, programs arrive as EXE (Windows) or DMG (Mac) files. DEB files on Linux are close in that they too are package managers. However, you’ll often find yourself installing via the command line, or using a TARfile.

apt-get
Tired of Windows? Switching to Linux Will Be Easy If You Know This
The command line is crucial to most Linux distros. Some such as Elementary OS eschew the command line in favor of a gentle learning curve. Using the command line, installs typically work by entering the apt-get install command. This command runs a package management command line program that uses the Advanced Packaging Tool). Using apt-get downloads new packages from the repositories. Depending on what you are installing, you may need to add sudo to install with superuser (administrator) permissions. As further reading, refer to this beginner’s guide to installing software in Ubuntu with APT A Beginner's Guide to Installing Software in Ubuntu wit

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