7 Tips for Learning to Use Linux Distros

For some people, Linux is something strange, especially how to use it. But nothing can’t be done if we want to learn to use it. Why so? Because Linux distributions are a solution to using an operating system that is legal and not expensive or even free. Well, this time I will try to share 7 tips for learning to use a Linux distro so that Saturday nights can be more productive #eh

1. Select the appropriate distribution

There are tens or even hundreds of Linux distributions available and can provide many choices for us to use. As a reference, you can visit the Distrowatch site to see a collection of distributions and the rating of each distro. Distros such as Ubuntu, Linux Mint, Fedora, or Open Suse are user-friendly and easy-to-use Linux Desktop distributions.

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You can use one of these distributions or if you are not sure before installing, take advantage of the live session feature to find out how much you are interested in the distribution.

2. Use Dual Boot

dual boot linux

Linux distributions provide an opportunity for users to install without losing the operating system that has been installed previously. Just provide 8-10 GB of free hard disk space to install the Linux distribution you want. Usually Linux distributions will detect the presence of another operating system on the hard disk and will then be an option when the computer boots. Grub Boot Loader is an application that is widely used by Linux distributions to display a selection of operating systems used on a single computer.

3. Provide Internet Connection

This does not mean that without an internet connection you cannot use the Linux operating system. An internet connection makes it easier for you to install applications and update the system because Linux applications are collected in a repository so that it can help manage applications on the distribution you use. Ubuntu distributions have the Ubuntu Software Center or Synaptic Package Manager facility which can be used to install applications from the repository.

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Fedora 17 also has a Software Update facility that can perform system updates with repository sources.

fedora software update

The better the internet connection provided, the easier it will be to install or update the system.

4. Getting used to

Do not know, then do not love. The phrase also applies when you are using a Linux distribution. Familiarize yourself with using it by recognizing components, applications, features, and so on. With the variety of desktop environments that are used, you must be able to get used to or adapt to using it. If you are able to get used to it, then even when using other Linux distributions you will not find it difficult.

5. Use the Terminal

The terminal is one of the most important parts of Linux because it is able to span the entire system and its process management. Now there are many GUI-based applications that represent command functions in the terminal, it’s just that one day you will be required to use the terminal.

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Start using the terminal such as when performing system updates, application management, data management, or system tweaking . The more often you use the terminal, the more you will know the use of commands that one day can help you to do troubleshooting .

6. Join the Community

Learning will be faster if you join the community of other Linux Distro users. The community provides benefits in the form of information exchange, which can include information on the latest distribution releases, troubleshooting , tips and tricks, to sharing new applications. Communities can be found in regions or educational institutions or if you do not find them you can search for communities on the internet which are usually in the form of forums or mailing lists.

7. Introduce to Relatives and Friends

After knowing how the Linux distro is, then you can then share information with relatives or friends but don’t imagine it like an MLM system hehehe . The more relatives or friends you tell, the greater the chance for them to be interested. The benefit is that you have more friends who you can share about Linux distributions with if one day you have trouble joining the community.

That was 7 tips for learning to use Linux distributions.