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…
In the early days of Linux, file editing was done with the terminal. While graphical editors are now commonplace, terminal text editors are still important. Today, I’m going to teach you about the 3 most popular text editors.
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.
Computer have storage devices. Storage devices have partitions. Partitions have filesystems. Filesystems must be “mounted” to access their contents.
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 »
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.