Learning Linux

As a new Linux user, sometimes the unfamiliar features of it can become daunting. While Linux has many advantages of its own compared to other operating systems, there is no doubt that it has a substantial learning curve. But don’t worry. Below, we’ll look at a few helpful tips that will help you learn Linux in no time!

Helpful Tools

While experimentation is a powerful way to learn, there are some very helpful tools that will help you when you get stuck. Here are some great places to find help:

Don’t be afraid to break things

As an open source project, Linux was built for experimentation, and you should approach it with that mindset. Don’t be afraid to try things, break them, and learn how to fix problems. It can be frustrating at first, but it will teach you so much more than any book.

Ask for help

Perhaps the most powerful benefit of Linux is the amazing community of people willing to help newcomers. There are entire online communities of people who would love to help you learn Linux, but you have to be willing to ask for assistance.

Try a few “distros”

Over the years, Linux has been branched off into many different distributions, or “distros” as they are known in the Linux community. Some — like Ubuntu and Linux Mint— are aimed at beginners, while others— like Arch and Gentoo— can be very difficult to use. The best way to learn is to try a few different distributions and pay attention to what makes each one special.

Learn the command line

Most people run for the hills when you mention the very idea of using the command line. This is unfortunate, because in reality, the command line is the fastest way to perform most tasks. The good news is that it isn’t as difficult as people assume it is. Just start learning some basic commands and build upward from there.

With fearless curiosity, a little patience, and the wonderful tools listed above, you will be using Linux like a pro in no time!