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5 Things Newbie Linux Converts Must Know

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If you have been using Windows operating system and have just switched to a Linux operating system then this article is a must read for you. This article is also for those who just have a minor or no idea about Linux operating system and just want to give it a try .

Normally, it is said that Linux is quite complicated than windows and I even agree to that point but let me ask you one thing, Did you find windows easy to use when you started using it for the first time ?

There is nothing which will be easy when you first try it and after using it for 2 months, now I find Linux quite familiar and easy to use. It is more secured OS as compared to windows because any minor or major virus or script made for bugging windows can’t run in Linux.

Below listed are those 5 points which surely differs from a Windows OS and gives you clear idea on How Linux is different from Windows operating system. I hope you will love to read them:

1. Mount points, Not Drive Letters

Generally in Windows, Hard drives and its partitions are recognized by their Drive letters assigned to them but the first thing you would notice while start using a Linux OS will be this. Here, Drive and partitions are known by their mount point.

The drive which you call as “C:/” is known by “\” and called as root in Linux and everything is located beneath it. When you will insert any USB device, you will notice that it will open its mount location like “/media/USB-device-name”. If you want your separate partition then you have your mount point called “\home” and you will also find your personal document folder under it.

2. No Registry Available

Unlike Windows, there is no common registry or database available for Linux. Instead, they have individual configuration files in .XML format which you can modify on your own and make any particular changes you want to make in particular program.

This is good as compared to windows, If one database of registry fails, it will stop working and your OS will not boot up and in Linux, if any one configuration file stops working then it will make only that particular program and configuration stop working and show error and the other part of the system will be working fine. If this happens, you may always look for the help available.

3. Default Software Installer

If you want to perform any task in windows, you will look for help on Google or any other website which provides software downloads and install the software via its own installer and hope that it will uninstall everything when your task will be done. By doing this process, you end up in getting your device infected by unknown virus.

While in Linux, there is a software installer given which allows you to install any package you download and it make sure that everything goes well while you perform an install or an uninstall. It tracks every process and make sure that it does not leave any unwanted file like virus or anything else.

4. System Administrator Login

It is a common thing for Windows user to login as administrator every time they login and this is probably the main reason why they get infected by viruses so often. In modern Linux distributions, you are allowed to have an account which is almost like an admin account which can perform all the task and there is a super admin account which is called as “root”.

A root admin account is needed only when you install or uninstall or any other system task need to be performed. It requests you for the root account password for those performed tasks. You will notice that you don’t need a super admin account all the time you login. You should be doing fine even if you use your regular account which has all features unlike windows.

5. Help Is Free

Its so much fun and educational while changing to Linux from Windows but sometimes its frustrating when you can’t get the things right and somehow you end up in stop using it. But wait a second, there are so many people who has done it before and you always get help.

You may read my article on getting help with Linux if you want help. There is a wide scope for help in this OS.

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    Neeraj Kumar
    July 13, 2010 Reply

    Great post Rahul. These are definitely a must know points for a newbie, especially the default installer one. I had researched around 2 months on linux and actually got fed up. I still prefer windows over linux. Maybe i am just lazy to give time to cop up with linux. :D

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      Rahul Banker
      July 13, 2010 Reply

      Thank you for the words buddy :) keep visiting and appreciating a small piece of good work :)

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    Pablo Lara H
    July 13, 2010 Reply

    And it is the recommended ambient to work for developers.

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    Andre LeBlanc
    July 13, 2010 Reply

    You mixed up the / and in #1. the windows drive is C: and the linux root is /, not .

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      Rahul Banker
      July 13, 2010 Reply

      yes, you are right! thank you for the correction :)

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    Andre LeBlanc
    July 13, 2010 Reply

    #2 is also not very accurate. There are VERY FEW linux programs that use XML files for configuration. XML is far too bloated and ugly. Linux config files come in a variety of formats, almost all of which are far easier to read and edit than XML.

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      Rahul Banker
      July 13, 2010 Reply

      you are absolutely right but there are files which does use XML format and nowadays they are also providing plain text .conf files which are also easy to edit.

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    Maggie
    July 13, 2010 Reply

    @Neeraj Dude? u dnt only need the default installer to install anythn, some of the best resources are available Off PPA too. Since u stil love windows, i feel sad about u(My condolences with u), U'r spared coz u dnt even knw what PPA means! @Author, u shud know what the above few lines mean! Secondly u'r giving advice to newbies to edit the XML files? are u sure?? Ohh..got it, u'r a newbie itself, i guess, not more than 2-3 months old on linux! I'm a regular reader at tech18 and a linux power user, but to read this post, i felt like telling u smthng i knw better than u! "Know ur command weLL!" Anywys, i expect a post on linux only after u'r good at linux urself. Peace!

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      Rahul Banker
      July 13, 2010 Reply

      Thank you for reminding me that even I'm a newbie :) Just trying to put my hands on with it. I will re-write this post after some months and that time you will surely love it :)

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    Imran Yousaf
    July 13, 2010 Reply

    I my self is now thinking about migration to Linux from Windows. In start, Red Hat totally disappointed my as there was no GUI option to access local drives but thanx to Ubuntu, i reinstalled Linux on my lappy. Thanx for clarifying mounting point.

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      Rahul Banker
      July 13, 2010 Reply

      yes! but the latedt redhat does have a GUI option but the problem is redhat is not free.. and ubuntu is also good. You may also want to try linux mint which has an awesome GUI ! :)

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    Sonu
    July 13, 2010 Reply

    Nice share...I myself am a newbie in Linux (Ubuntu) just installed 4 days back but surprisingly, i have already discovered the points u have mentioned in this article... Keep up the good work, Sunil & Rahul. :)

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      Rahul Banker
      July 13, 2010 Reply

      Thank you very much ma'm :) Great to hear that and let me know if you need more help :)

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    mark
    July 13, 2010 Reply

    Hey Rahul, I have been using Linux on and off for quite a few years now. I think that #1 (the file system) is the hardest thing to get used to if you are used to using Windows. Getting used to the command line was also something that took a bit to get used to, though the GUI has gotten much better on the desktop versions in recent years. Have a great day!

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      Rahul Banker
      July 13, 2010 Reply

      Yes, many other distributions of linux has got some awesome GUI and they are worth using it! Thanks :)

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    tensigh
    July 13, 2010 Reply

    The help on Linux is a mixed bag, though. I've been a Linux user for 10 years and online help sometimes actually gets a response. And of those occasional responses, I occasionally get a solution that works.

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    Techmaish
    July 13, 2010 Reply

    Great list Rahul.No.2 is really useful tip.

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