Using Linux

WTF Is a Repo? WTF Is a Repository?

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!

WTF Is a Boot Loader? WTF Is GRUB?

Boot loader? Boot manager? GRUB? rEFIt? The terminology and names never cease! Fortunately, I will clearly explain boot loaders, boot managers, and more!

Who Is Root? Why Is He In My Computer?

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…

Clash of the Text Editors: nano, vim, and emacs

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.

Desktop Environments 101

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.

How To Get Linux

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 »