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General Discussion

Greg Kitchin
Greg Kitchin
31,138 Points

Learning Linux

I've seen a local IT job going for someone with working knowledge of Linux. However, I've never used it, though I could dedicate some time to learn it. What distro's would people recommend, and is there any idea of how much I'd need to know for it?

2 Answers

Sue Dough
Sue Dough
35,800 Points

Ubuntu is a great choice for beginners. You don't need to know anything technical to use linux. I recommend backing up your stuff on an external hard drive such as photos, Documents, Music etc so you can put it on your new OS once installed. Watch a youtube video on how to install ubuntu and you will be good to go. Make sure to check the box to encrypt your drive and home folder. It will not complicate anything but it will make your setup way more secure. There may be some programs you won't be able to use on Linux that you use on Windows. The good thing is there is an alternative to almost every windows program that is free and open source on Linux. You can also use a program called Wine to use some windows programs if you need to. You will thank yourself later. Windows sucks and Mac is closed source. The technical stuff is way easier than mac or windows and things just work well on Linux. And the best way to learn linux ( which most sites use for servers ) is to have it as your daily OS.

Greg Kitchin
Greg Kitchin
31,138 Points

I was thinking of using Virtualbox to run the distro, I've used it before when I did some Microsoft Server for uni (which I hated).

Sue Dough
Sue Dough
35,800 Points

Virtualbox doesn't deliver the best experience because of performance but can be good to test something out. Windows and apple are data mining backdoors so I personally would never use them. Bill Gates also is responsible for a lot of genocide so supporting him is supporting genocide.