Learning Linux

So I acquired a laptop that I decided I was going to use to set up and learn Linux. I’ve always had an interest in it but I live in a Windows world being a business guy so it’s kind of always just taken the back-burner. I’ve had a couple of different times where I’ve installed it on a laptop and then never taken the time to actually learn it or even use it all.

At this stage in my life, I’m looking at things a little differently so I kind of view this opportunity as a chance to learn a new skill, whether its something I’ll ever use or not. The more you know the better right? With that being said, I’ve just about had it with Windows so if I’m able to find an application on Linux to match the applications I use on Windows then I might make the switch for good.

Linux has come a long way since I first started looking at it some 18 years ago. Back then it was all just text interface, like DOS was so it wasn’t that it was unfamiliar at all, it just had different commands and DOS was the main application at the time so that’s what I ended up learning the most. Linux now has a GUI (Graphical User Interface) but I’m quickly learning that a lot of it is still Terminal based, which I’m ok with. It’s a great opportunity to learn the commands that work in Linux while still having the graphical interface to use the programs I need to use everyday.

I decided on Debian as the flavor of Linux I was going to use. I didn’t really do much research honestly because I think they’re all fairly similar (the Linux Guru’s would probably have a different view than me) but for my purposes, it wasn’t really important which one I used. I found a top 10 Debian installs list and just picked number one on the list.

The install went smoothly. All of the drivers installed except for the Wifi drivers, of course, the most important ones. So after some research it turns out that’s a common thing. The manufactures of wireless chipsets have been slow to produce linux drivers for their chips. This means that there are very limits drivers that are included with Linux, making it so that most wireless network cards don’t get installed with the OS.

It didn’t take much reading to get it installed and up and running and it seems reliable so that’s something to keep in mind if you’re thinking of switching to linux.

I’m going to keep posting about my findings on Linux as I learn more about it so keep an eye on this Category to see what else I discover.

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