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.
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!
Computer processors have their own languages, called instruction sets, with funny names like “x86-64.” Knowing which is used by your CPU is important when downloading some Linux distributions.
One day, Linux will rise against you by refusing to run a command without getting higher orders. There are two easy ways to gain root access and put the machine back in its place! ‘sudo’ and ‘su’.
It’s true, the Linux command-line is a scary beast. Many newcomers won’t touch this “terminal”. However the terminal has many advantages over the GUI, and should not be ignored!
The man pages are the documentation for terminal commands. Using them properly will improve your terminal skills, and save you from needing to memorize commands.