How to get started?

Discussion in 'Linux General Discussion' started by lisabrown69, Jul 21, 2017.

  1. lisabrown69

    lisabrown69

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    Alright, I am curious, have always been and will always be, my go-to OS is iOS (Mac), I am familiar with Windows (although I haven't used one since XP), now I want to get familiar with Linux.

    How can I? I haven't researched at all (like prices etc), so I am on completely unfamiliar ground here. What am I supposed to buy/rent and how does the OS differ from iOS and Windows? Thank you for all your replies.
     
  2. Blaster3

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    it is free, go here Download - Linux Mint install/burn the iso of your choice (64bit cinnamon for newer computers) on to a disc/thumbdrive, then you can run linux from the disc or install it on your pc... running from disc will be slow/sluggish, but will allow you to try it out without installing on your pc
     
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  3. glc

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    Linux Mint is just one of many flavors of Linux. Most distributions are free.
     
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    David M Techphile.

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    Older computers run Linux just fine.
     
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  6. Blaster3

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    not all versions, older hardware fares better with xfce, cinnamon is for newer hardware
     
  7. lisabrown69

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    Thank you for all of your replies - will have a look at it immediately.
     
  8. 357mag

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    I'm currently experimenting also. Trying Q4OS, Lubuntu, Netrunner, and I can't recall the other one. A very different philosophy than Microsoft. I've always loved Windows but the latest version doesn't compare to XP or Windows 7 or perhaps 8.1.

    Download the free version of Kill Disk too. It's a DOS program that allows you to wipe your drive fast and simply. No interface needed. That way you can start with a clean slate. I can wipe my drive in about 13 minutes.

    From what I can see so far the only downside to Linux is that you can't use Windows software. Most Windows programs have absolutely beautiful and highly polished interfaces.
     
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    I didn't know about Wine. Will remember that for future use.
     
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    Be very careful when installing. I messed up and didn't disconnect my other drives and Linux installed over my storage drive. Huge pain. I was able to restore the drive but lost a handful of files. maybe 15%, 85 % recovered. Been gun shy of Linux ever since. Even though I know what mistake I made.

    Holy distros BatMan!
     
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