For many, Microsoft Windows is the standard when we think about the operating system for a desktop or laptop computer. This is because most ready-made factory assembled computers are being pre-installed with Windows. For a smaller part the same can be said for Apple with its macOS (previously OS X). Both are really good operating systems and they do what they have to do well, but in addition to their advantages, they also have their disadvantages. But fortunately there is the free and open source Linux and related open source software solutions as a very good alternative.
Why a beginners course
You have heard of Linux and would like to do something more with this system now? Or are you just curious and are you trying to broaden your knowledge? Or your computer is so terribly slow, but you do not want to buy a new computer again and you’ve heard that with Linux that is probably not necessary at all? If these questions are related to you, then you are here at the right address.
For everything in our lives we once started as an ignorant, inexperienced, uncertain noob. Can you still remember the first driving lesson, or the first time on a bicycle? To start with something, we always need the help of someone else first, or a book written by someone else, or a vlog that has been put on Youtube by someone else. After that first tough period we probably find our own way to further build up knowledge and experience.
Through a number of short Linux beginner tutorials, I want to offer a simple starters guide via this website for those who have never done anything with Linux and do not know exactly where to start and where to find the necessary information. In an accessible way it guides you through among others the principles of Linux, finding and downloading a linux distribution, creating a live medium, finding software up to the installation of software and executing updates.
As a starting point for these tutorials I choose the Linux Mint distribution with the Cinnamon desktop environment, that many, including myself, find the most accessible yet high-quality Linux distribution for beginners, but to which many advanced people also remain stuck because of the ease of use, stability and reliability. Incidentally, these tutorials also provide useful information for Ubuntu related distributions, such as Ubuntu itself, Kubuntu and Ubuntu Budgie as Linux Mint is based on Ubuntu.