What to Expect From Linux as a New User

Posted by Cypress on Nov 29, 2008 9:47 PM EDT
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When you spend one half of your life using Windows, switching to Linux can be a little bit confusing at first. Just like any other new thing in your life, it may need growing accustomed to it. While Linux may look similar at first, there are some things you need to know before you embark on your Linux journey.

The filesystem

It is radically different than what you know from Windows. While in XP or Vista you have your Program Files and Windows directories, each with their sets of subdirectories, the folder structure in Linux is composed of several directories, each displayed in a tree format. For example, 90% of the configuration files for the application and system reside in the /etc folder. Most subfolders you'll encounter here belong to one or multiple other applications or the system itself. The /boot folder holds the kernel (core of the operating system) and the configuration files needed by the bootloader.

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