What is the correct pronunciation of Linux?
The i is a short, as in Finland, and it should not be pronounced as in Microsoft. Likewise, the u should not be pronounced as in sucks. Linux rhymes exactly with cynics.
What are the advantages of Linux as compared with Microsoft Windows?
There are many. Probably the most important is that Linux is truly free, not only in a monetary sense (i.e., no cost) but also as far as usage is concerned.
This means that it is legal (and even encouraged!) for anyone to install Linux on as many computers as desired with no payment to anybody. It also means that anyone may make any number of copies of Linux and do anything with them desired, including giving them away to friends and even selling them. It additionally means that anybody is entitled to modify Linux in any way desired and to give away or sell (with a few minor conditions) the modified version(s).
Another major advantage of Linux is that it is extremely stable. That is, it is highly resistant to viruses and it rarely crashes or needs rebooting. Also, it can operate on older hardware that is unsuitable for newer versions of Microsoft Windows. In addition, it is well suited for customizing (e.g., for the requirements of a particular business or for a particular language) because all of the source code is freely available and is permitted to be modified in any way desired.
I have heard that Linux is difficult to install unless one is an expert.
Indeed it does have its challenges, especially when it comes to making the manufacturer’s hardware components (such as WiFi or Bluetooth) work with the Linux kernel. That’s where our experts come in, and take all of the guess work out of it for you. When you buy a new Linux Laptop, we guarantee everything will work 100% out of the box.
Can I play popular 3D games under GNU/Linux?
Yes and no. Some games, for example the Quake series, Rust, Counter-Strike, Team Fortress, Tomb Raider, Portal, Left 4 Dead, and many more have Linux versions. Since the release of the popular Steam platform to the Linux operating system, the number of Linux compatible games on Steam has been growing rapidly. Check out the Steam store where you can find a wealth of high quality, Linux compatible games.
Most popular games, alas, only work on Windows and occasionally on macOS. Some Windows games can be run on Linux with Wine or its non-free variant CrossOver, which involves some unpleasant effort for the user. For a list of games known to work on Wine, see their games database.
Can I get Linux in my own language?
Yes. All main distributions, such as the ones we recommend, are all available in the main languages around, and have support for many keyboard types.
Unlike Windows, all languages are included on each installation, so there is no need for you to download (or pay for!) another whole version to merely change the language on your computer.
Can I run my Windows applications on Linux?
Although there are tens of thousands of packages in official repositories of distros like Debian and Ubuntu, it’s still way less than what you get in Windows. Softwares like Adobe Photoshop and iTunes are simply not available for Linux. You can search for Linux alternatives for such software or install windows software in Linux using emulators like Wine but they won’t run perfectly as they’re supposed to in Windows.
Also Read – 50 Essential Linux Applications
How do I install software in Linux?
All Linux distros contain a set of Software Repositories that contain various packages for installing the software. You can install software directly from the Software Manager provided with your distro like app stores in smartphones instead of browsing through Google for a website from where you can download software. Also, software in the official Software Repositories are pretty safe to install and most of them are free.
Is Linux secure and do I need virus protection?
Linux is one of the most secure Operating Systems out there if not completely secure. Forget about paying for antivirus software that you had to install in Windows. Although viruses for Linux do exist but they’re too few in number to matter. Most viruses written for windows can’t even run in Linux. One of the reasons for this is because most viruses are targeted for Windows as it runs on the majority of desktops.
Where can I find help if I encounter problems?
Fear not, there are plenty of places to find help in Linux. A simple Google search with a few keywords pertaining to your problem will return hundreds of articles related to Linux like Installation Guides, Software Reviews, etc. Also, there are lots of community forums and wikis that’ll help you out a lot when you have any queries or run into some problem. Popular distros even contain an IRC channel where you can directly ask someone when you face a problem.
Also Read – Top 10 Communities To Learn Linux
What are Linux Distributions or Distros?
Linux is just the Kernel (or engine) of your laptop and a Linux Distribution is the complete Operating System (OS) that contains Linux as the engine with added programs and other software based on what the OS is targeted towards. Distributions, in short, are commonly referred to as “Distros”.
There are two different definitions of the term Linux. The narrower is just the kernel (i.e., the core of the operating system) itself, which was originally developed in 1991 by Linus Torvalds while he was a student at the University of Helsinki in Finland.
The term is more commonly used to refer to Linux distributions. A Linux distribution is a coordinated collection of software consisting of a customized version of the kernel together with hundreds of open source (i.e., free) utilities, installers, programming languages and application programs. Linux distributions are offered by a number of companies and non-commercial organizations as well as by many individuals. Some of the most popular distributions are Fedora (formerly Red Hat), SuSE, Mandrake. Debian, Slackware and Linspire (formerly Lindows).
Some people prefer to use the term GNU/Linux rather than just Linux in reference to distributions. This is because distributions contain a large amount of GNU software and even the kernel itself is licensed under the GNU General Public License (GPL).