Wouldn’t it be nice to have all the software you want to install stored and managed from a central location? Well, it’s possible using repositories, packages, and package managers. Forget searching for your disc. Stop looking for that damn download button. Start using repos today!
Boot loader? Boot manager? GRUB? rEFIt? The terminology and names never cease! Fortunately, I will clearly explain boot loaders, boot managers, and more!
The special user of an operating system, with permission to do everything, goes by many names. Superuser. Administrator. Big Kahuna. In Linux, that user is root. Want to know why? Keep reading…
Hostnames are important in computer networking. The hostname is a computer readable nickname for a computer. Linux uses the hostname anywhere it wants to display the computer’s name (such as a terminal prompt, login screen, and much more). Fortunately, understanding and setting the hostname is easy to do.
You’ve heard it. You’ve read it. You’ve seen it. That mysterious shell word. What is it? Why is it important? Why do Linux geeks talk about shells? If you’re asking these questions, then step into my office. I’ve got answers.
Yes, you read the title correctly. As great as it is, in several ways, Linux sucks and needs improvement. So here are 11 reasons to avoid Linux in favor of one of those other operating systems.
You’ve heard about it. Your friends are trying it out. There are websites devoted to it. But you’re wondering why on Earth would anyone use Linux? Well, come on in and I’ll tell you.
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.
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.