Content provided in partnership with Addison-Wesley, from the book Moving to Linux: Kiss the Blue Screen of Death Goodbye!
by Marcel Gagne
We have a few tips for those of you who want to dump Windows and try the penguin.
By Marcel Gagné
You're ready to ditch Windows and jump into Linux. Congratulations! On tonight's episode of
"The Screen Savers" I'm talking about what you need to do to make the transition easier.
Here are the first three:
1. Take inventory
Take inventory of your hardware, settings, and so forth. For the most part, modern
Linux distributions will figure all this stuff out magically, but there are some things you
have to know when switching systems. For example, your ISP settings are important.
Jot down your user name, password, and any dialup numbers.
If you're still dialing up, keep in mind that, although there are Linux modem drivers,
modems are designed for Windows.
2. A classic: Back up, back up, back up
If you're going to switch and you don't care about your data, backing up doesn't
matter. But if you want to keep data such as email, documents, and Christmas card
lists, back up.
3. Have the right attitude
If you know how to use a browser or an email program in Windows, there's nothing
special to relearning these things under Linux. That said, Linux is not Windows (isn't
that the idea?), and things work a little differently.
Think of it as switching automobiles. You drive a particular model car, and then
somebody puts you behind the wheel of another model. It's still a car and you still
know how to drive, but you need to get used to the slightly different steering wheel
and turn signals.
Likewise, you'll need to get used to the new position of radio buttons in Linux, for
Expect these changes and you'll be fine.
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