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[–] 1452139? 0 points 53 points (+53|-0) ago  (edited ago)

You don't need to use coding to use Linux. It's much more friendly than it used to be, and you no longer have to write installation scripts, use command line to configure, or any of that stuff, unless you want to heavily customize it.

This article was written for you.

Start by trying out a Linux Mint Cinnamon live CD

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[–] AxisOfWevil 0 points 8 points (+8|-0) ago 

Mint is good. I work in a lab where new hires who have never touched Linux begin to love it after day 1.

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[–] Idunsums 0 points 8 points (+8|-0) ago  (edited ago)

This. You don't even have to install anything put cd in drive boot computer. Linux away you go. Then you can dual boot so only use Windows for what you have to, which at this point I think is photoshop and some games. Linux for everything else, all that free software mmmmm. Eventually you find you don't boot windows that's when you have made the conversion. Contrary to most people's opinion it isn't about supporting an os like religion. You can use them all who the hell cares, it's what's best for you. I use Windows 7, Ubuntu, mint cinnamon, ios and Android.

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[–] bmblby 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

Yeah Linux Mint is really a good stating point

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[–] Broc_Lia 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

Mint is very friendly. I installed it for my 60 year old mum who'd never used anything but windows and she's had no trouble with it (other than an annoying bug involving a menu which cleared itself up after a few weeks).

It's also based on Ubuntu which means it's compatible with most things.

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[–] yoha 0 points 25 points (+25|-0) ago 

  1. Don't wipe Windows (yet)

The thing is that it's best to go incrementally: there is always that one thing that you'll find easier to do on Windows. The good news is that you can have both Windows and Linux on your computer. On Linux, you won't need coding for anything you are already doing on Windows; it's just that Linux makes it easy to use a terminal and you will find out how convenient it is.

Below is a comment I posted elsewhere.


As with everything, the hard part is the first step. Start small and improve every day. You can just install Linux in dual boot so that you still have Windows available. That way:

  1. have some time, install Linux
  2. go back playing on Windows or whatever
  3. have some time, try browsing the web on Linux (notice it's not very different from Windows)
  4. go back playing on Windows or whatever
  5. have some time, install Steam on Linux, try some games (notice lots of games run on Linux (including all of Valve))
  6. go back playing on Windows (some still not run on Linux) or whatever
  7. have some time, learn a simple command to type in the terminal for that one problem you thought was too specific to solve automatically (notice that, on Windows, you would need to find a program for this specific purpose)
  8. go back running that one thing that still run only on Windows or whatever
  9. have some time, ticker with the command line (notice that it's pretty cool, even if people think you're hacking the Matrix)
  10. go back running that one thing that still run only on Windows or whatever (notice how everything is so clunky, slow and eats your RAM)
  11. go back to Linux, install Wine for that one thing, and ditch Windows

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[–] yoha 0 points 7 points (+7|-0) ago  (edited ago)

That's a possibility, but the negative side of this is:

  • you will have the issue from the VM as well as from Linux
  • it does not encourage you to switch in the end

It depends on the person of course.

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[–] uncle_bob 2 points 4 points (+6|-2) ago 

Dual boot is the worst of both worlds. Windows can't read files saved in any normal Linux install, Linux is slow and slightly risky to have access to a Windows file-system. Worst, Microsoft's automagical repair tool can happily overwrite the Linux boot settings, without explaining what it's doing.

It's a considerably more difficult task to set up a dual-boot machine. I would argue that running either solo, along with a visualization is a safer option. Either Linux or Windows can happily live in a virtual-machine. Virtualbox.org has a free one that is mostly painless to set up.

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[–] lawofchaos 0 points 4 points (+4|-0) ago 

Personally I dual booted for years without any issues. If you're on a non-Uefi system you install Windows first, then install Linux second and Grub takes over the rest. If you're using a Uefi system you don't need to worry about what order you install things in because all bootloaders are preserved and managed by the bios itself (uefi has made multi boot setups super easy).

The only downside to dual booting is that Windows is a dumb, limited OS that can only read Ntfs and Fat out of the dozens of file system types in existence. Generally any other partitions will be hidden from existence in Windows. So it's best to either be generous with the amount of space that you give to your Windows partition (at least 500gb if you have lots of games) or it needs it's own drive altogether.

Linux definitely reads ntfs slower then ext4 but in my experience still works with it faster then Windows can by a large margin. Basically if you dual boot the two Linux has to be the master controller of your data due to Windows retardation in the area of file system support. And if you ever really need to fetch something from a Linux partition while you're in Windows without rebooting, there is a free recovery tool called Linux Reader that reads and retrieves files from ext partitions quite nicely. It's not as fast as one would like it to be but it does the job if needs be.

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[–] Broc_Lia 0 points 1 point (+1|-0) ago 

That's assuming it's all going to be running on the same filesystem though. No reason you can't just make two partitions unless you really really have to work on the same project all the time using two OSs.

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[–] rhy 0 points 1 point (+1|-0) ago 

I completely agree except I recommend virtualbox and tinyxp instead of wine. For most things.

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[–] fry_hole 0 points 6 points (+6|-0) ago  (edited ago)

So people are going to reccomend many different distros (distributions, different flavours of Linux basically) and they really break down into two categories. Easy and hard. Which to go with iis really something you're going to have to decide for yourself.

Hard is the difficult to use distros like arch, gentoo, Slackware and so on. These distros will cause you a lot of pain initially to set up and will probably take a while for you to be comfortable in. This isn't necessarily a bad thing. The argument is that it will force you to become very knowledgeable in a comparatively short amount of time. I myself started with arch because of this. But you really need the drive to want to learn the ins and outs of Linux, if you don't then this will just frustrate you and push you back to windows.

On the other hand you have the more user friendly distros like mint and Ubuntu. These are actually far easier to use than you would think. Often the only difficulty people have with them is that it's not windows. But if you can get used to something that isn't windows I'd say most of these distros are actually easier to use than it. The problem with these distros is it gives you no incentive to learn much about Linux. This also isn't always a bad thing. After all, how much does the average window user really know about windows?

Anyways tl;Dr my advice would be to decide what kind of distro you want first and then work from there. There are plentyt of great offerings that won't let you down provided its the type for you. Good luck!

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[–] mutus 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

This guy is right, grab a few Live CD (aka download the iso and reboot into it), it will run from RAM and not install at first. Test a few see which one "feels" right to you and hopefully you have a free partition or hard drive, when your comfortable install it. Leaving windows alone incase you need to fall back to figure things out.

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[–] 14159 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

If you want to be up and running with the least amount of fuss, and really aren't that bothered about getting your hands dirty (and honestly, there is no need to!), get Ubuntu (or one of its derivatives). Personally, I recommend Ubuntu 14.04 -that's the Long Term Support (LTS) version -and then go to howtoubuntu's post installation guide for 14.04 and follow the steps there.

Ubuntu (and any desktop linux, really) will do everything you've asked about in your post - some things behave a little differently, BUT THAT IS NO BAD THING. I firmly believe that being able to roll with change, and adapt, serves to make you a stronger, more flexible and more proficient user of IT.

In Ubuntu's favour - it is Steam's declared distro of choice, if you're into gaming. It seems to be the first port of call for software vendors when they dip a toe into 'supporting Linux', and it's super easy to use.

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[–] 1452393? 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

Since you are purely a Windows user, you may be interested to know that some Windows applications will run on Linux, and a simple way to do that is with PlayOnLinux, which uses Wine.

Some Linux distributions come with PlayOnLinux pre-installed for your convenience, most you can install with a package manager.

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[–] gbj1301 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

Here is a reply I wrote for another beginner looking into linux.

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[–] Krauti 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

May I give you one advice that helped me a lot? When you're done installing what ever Linux you end up with go and buy yourself a raspberry pie to play with. On this little cheap computer you can try out everything you want to learn about Linux without having to fear breaking something. If anything goes wrong on the raspberry pie you can easily copy a backup to the sd-card and everything is back to normal. Raspberry pies store everything (including BIOS) to the sd card.

I went Linux (Kubuntu) a little over a year ago and haven't had a single day of regret. The only thing that bothered me was that Linux worked so much better than Windows, so I never had to change anything once I installed it. This way I tend to forget how I did this or that on Linux and have to look it up again (if I ever want to do it again). Thankfully the internet is full of very helpful sites solving every possible problem you might think you have.

But since I started playing around with a raspberry pie I started to feel more comfortable. Changing things around on my Linux to my very personal needs became very easy. I learned so much what is possible with Linux just because I lost the fear of doing anything wrong.

So do yourself a favor and play around with Raspian (this is the Linux you can install) on a raspberry pie.

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[–] 1453250? 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

Picking a new distro is a lot like buying a new couch. All are comfy and good for sitting on but your windows 8 couch already has nice butt groves. Btw cinnamon is beautiful

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