Linux or GNU/Linux? Linux is the most commonly used name for this powerful operating system, but there is a decades old, yet still raging controversy over something as simple as a name.
Setting up a new operating system is scary. What if something goes wrong? What if a bad selection is made? What if it doesn’t work? I’ve suffered those very fears. If only I had known about virtual machines…
As you’ve figured out by now, Linux is different than Windows or OS X. Linux oozes flexibility and aches for customization. Using it requires using your knowledge of computers and operating systems to make decisions. The desktop environment is an early and important decision you must make.
Perhaps you are trying to install an operating system. Or, maybe you just want to setup a new hard drive. Either way, you need to know what partitions are, why you need them, and how to create them.
Computer have storage devices. Storage devices have partitions. Partitions have filesystems. Filesystems must be “mounted” to access their contents.
Believe it or not, operating systems don’t have to be installed. Linux Live distributions can run straight from a CD, DVD, or LiveUSB thumb drive.
You’ve researched what Linux is. You read our fantastic article about distributions and have picked your first. You know what processor architecture you have (32-bit or 64-bit). You’ve picked a desktop environment. You’re ready to go. But there’s something missing. You’ve yet to actually get your distribution. You still have to obtain it somehow. And… Read more »
So you’ve downloaded an operating system off the Internet. Now what? One option is to extract the downloaded file to a USB thumb drive. That’s the focus of today’s article. That and bad metaphors.
Installing Linux may require burning ISO images to a disc. Fortunately, it’s easy to do, and all major operating systems have burning tools available.
So you’ve stepped into the root directory of a Linux install and are completely lost eh? If you are wondering what the hell goes in /opt? I am here to help.
You stumbled upon the concept of Linux swap partitions. Maybe through experimentation or by reading some of our excellent articles. But do you know what swap is? Well, we’re going to fix that!
You’ve probably heard the phrase Linux distribution before. It’s hard to avoid in the Linux world. But you’re probably wondering what a distribution is. Nobody seems to explain that, it’s just assumed that everyone knows. Well, I’m going to break from the mold and tell you!