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Linux Is Not Scary

I have been using Linux since 2015 and I can assure you of the fact that it is not scary.

The only thing that might intimate a newcomer to Linux is when they actually find out that a higher learning curve is required in order for them to use it.

Linux does not work exactly like Windows or macOS; Linux is its own beast.

Truthfully, Linux is not that all difficult to learn.

As a matter of fact, people of all ages and backgrounds use Linux.

Therefore, you can use Linux if you really wanted to.

Dust Off That Old Laptop Computer Or Desktop Computer Of Yours

Dear friend, I am not asking you to give up using Windows 10, Windows 11 or macOS; I am merely suggesting to you that you try out Linux on an old computer of yours (It could be the one that you stopped using three years ago and is just there doing absolutely nothing, but taking up storage space).

Now, before you can do any of that, I would like you to read, How to Install Linux on Any PC or Laptop by Christian Cawley.

In regards to trying out a Linux distribution, I recommend that you give Linux Mint a try (However, you are free to try any other distribution of Linux that you like).

If you can add new life to that old computer of yours, you should take the chance (You have nothing to lose).

Spend Some Time With Your Chosen Linux Distribution

In order to familiarize yourself with your chosen distribution of Linux, you will have to spend some time with it. So, turn on your computer, sign in and get yourself accustomed to using Linux.

It has a web browser (Most distributions of Linux come with Mozilla Firefox preinstalled).

It has music, video and office programs (And, that, my friend, is merely touching the surface).

If you want more software, you can check out your Linux distribution’s software centre (which, of course, comes preinstalled with your chosen Linux distribution) and download more software (Everything is neatly categorized in there).

Watch YouTube Videos From Those People Who Specialize In Linux

If you want to know more about your chosen distribution of Linux, go to YouTube and type in the one that you installed on your computer in the search section and you will be provided with video recommendations pertaining to your chosen distribution of Linux.

I acquired lots of knowledge about Linux by watching YouTube videos.

When it comes to information on Linux, YouTube is a goldmine.

Use Your Search Engine Of Choice To Look Up More Information About Your Chosen Distribution Of Linux

The internet has a wealth of information stored; you can easily find information on your chosen distribution of Linux simply by searching for it.

The requested information might be in the form of:

  • An article.
  • A video.
  • A forum post.

In all honesty, there is no excuse for not wanting to learn more about the Linux distribution that you chose for yourself (The more you know, the better).

Join The Forum For Your Chosen Distribution Of Linux

One of the advantages of joining the forum for your chosen distribution of Linux is that you will get help the day that you encounter technical difficulties.

I would like to add that members of the forum will expect you to state your case clearly and to do a bit of research pertaining to your technical issue.

Depending on which Linux forum you are on, some people will be helpful and friendly, whereas some people will be unhelpful and disrespectful (I felt that I needed to warn you about that).

The current state of various Linux forums will make you think one of the two things:

  1. Wow! The people at this Linux forum are really nice. They helped me with my problem.
  2. Huh? What the hell! Someone told me to RTFM! Those people are idiots. They are the cause of people running back to Windows and macOS.

Unfortunately, I cannot guarantee that your chosen Linux distribution’s forum is going to be friendly or hostile (That is something that you would have to find out on your own).

Final Thoughts

It is really true about Linux not being scary (It is just that some of the people in some of those Linux forums are scary people).

Installing Linux on an old computer of yours will, no doubt, breathe new life into it (That is better than leaving your old computer hidden in a closet, in the basement or up in the attic).

You can always learn more about your chosen distribution of Linux by:

  • Watching YouTube videos.
  • Reading articles that are based on it.
  • Visiting your chosen Linux distribution’s forum.

So, try Linux today; you might end up liking it a lot!

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23 thoughts on “Linux Is Not Scary

  1. I have been using Linux ubuntu ever since I discovered that the windows 10 was a data hog and I used to be on limited data cap programs … but that has long since changed … I am now on truly totally unlimited data programs (One primary and one backup) but I am still on Ubuntu because I have come to love it. One of the first questions people are going to ask about Linux is how safe is it — how secure — how secure against viruses and such things …

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  2. I’m a true technophobe. I “just know” that mistyping a single letter in a terminal command can ignite Earth’s atmosphere and destroy all life on a planetary scale or something. I’m scared to death of the โ–„๏ธปใƒ‡ศถษ›ส€สษจีผวŸสŸโ•โ•โ•โ”ไธ€

    So I didn’t even attempt Linux until I no longer could even use my old hand-me-down WinXP machine, and Apple/Mac was outrageously expensive! A zillion and twelve dollars at the time, I think.

    So searching online for something to keep my old relic working a little longer, I learned about “Linux for Human Beings”ยฎ which meant us ordinary mortals could use it without some advanced degree in computer science. Named “Ubuntu,” it was my introduction to Linux, and it kept that old WindowsXP machine running for about about 10 more years! It’s an ancient 32-bit relic now, one step up from a friggin’ abacus for cry’n out loud, but it still runs better than new on a current 32-bit Linux distro (based on Slackware but less frightening: We call it Linux for Lazy Slackers and I’ve written about it my blog.

    It’s amazing what Linux has done for me and how much money I have saved by just keeping older, modest hardware going on and on for years longer than it’s Windowsยฎ support lasted.

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    1. ๐Ÿ™‚ I can relate well to your statement, Robin.

      I read online articles about Linux and I watched YouTube tutorials on how to use the terminal along with various terminal commands weeks before I jumped on the Linux bandwagon (I wanted to be fully prepared).

      One of the nice things about Linux is that anyone can extend the life of their computer by simply installing it on their computer.

      Computers that are not powerful to run the most up-to-date version of Windows will work nicely with Linux.

      Why should one discard a computer that came with Windows 7?

      The truth is that they should not have to; they can install Linux on it and it would work perfectly.

      Thank you so kindly for participating in the discussion.

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  3. My brother is a programmer and he talked about how he loves to use Linux. All the devices in my home, except my work computer, is Apple. After reading your post I wish I had an old computer to try Linux out. ๐Ÿ˜„

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          1. Thanks for that clarification! My brother is going to hook me up with one of the extra computers he has laying around. He also told me can try Linux out cloud based (same principle as Outlook 365). I can basically โ€œspin upโ€ (as he puts it) a computer to use and then keep it on that server or toss it when Iโ€™m done. He does this on some of his projects. Iโ€™m going to have him walk me through it – sounds cool to try out.

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  4. I better leave this post to the techies ๐Ÿšถ๐Ÿฝโ€โ™€๏ธ. I do find Linux interesting. Three months ago, I’d only know Linux as an operating system, now you’ve taught me a whole lot. Thank you ๐Ÿ˜Š

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  5. Best thing about Linux is that there’s so many different ways to try it out before completely making the switch. You can test it out in a VM, live mode while installing, dual boot with Windows or run Linux portably from a USB.
    Makes you really ponder about the true power of Linux, and what it really is.

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