Beginning Ubuntu Linux, Third Edition by Keir Thomas, Jaime Sicam

By Keir Thomas, Jaime Sicam

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Although this sounds derisory, it will actually help when you talk to others. Advertising your newbie status will encourage people to take the time to help you. After all, they were newbies once upon a time! There’s another reason not to be disheartened by your newbie tag: you’ll outgrow it very quickly. ” You’ll be one of those giving out the advice to those poor, clueless newbies, and you’ll be 100 percent confident in your skills. ■Tip One of the best ways to learn about Linux is under the auspices of a knowledgeable friend.

There is an alternative. Welcome to the world of Linux. Linux is an operating system, which is to say that it’s a bit like Windows. It’s the core software that runs your computer and lets you do stuff on it. By the strictest definition of the term, an operating system is the fundamental software that’s needed to make your PC work. Without an operating system installed on your PC, it would merely be an expensive doorstop. When you turned it on, it would beep in annoyance—its way of telling you that it can’t do much without a whole set of programs to tell it what to do next.

However, like the majority of people in the computing world, we use the term “Linux” throughout this book to avoid confusion. Different Flavors of Linux All the pieces of GNU software were available for free download and were therefore free of charge. But this brought its own problems. Not everyone had the know-how to put all the bits and pieces together into a complete operating system. Those who could do this didn’t necessarily have the time for it. Because of this, a number of companies stepped in to do the hard work.

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