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UALUG SFD Pesentation

  1. 1. “Linux for Dummies” The presentation which would be called But for Copyright and Trademark reasons isn't
  2. 2. 30 Second Intro to Linux <ul><li>Technically Linux is just a Kernel!
  3. 3. The common reference to Linux refers to the whole OS, including user space tools (sometimes referred to as GNU/Linux)
  4. 4. Linux comes in many different versions called Distros.
  5. 5. You generally download an ISO image for copying to a CDROM to boot from. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Wait... Distros? ISOs? WTF?
  7. 7. Distros <ul><li>Each different version of Linux is called a Distribution, which is shortened to Distro
  8. 8. Different Distros have different features and are aimed at different audiences
  9. 9. Common Distros include: Ubuntu, Linux Mint, Fedora, Debian, OpenSuSE, Archlinux... </li></ul>
  10. 10. ISOs <ul><li>An ISO file is a bit for bit copy of a CDROM or DVD
  11. 11. ISOs are also known as disk images
  12. 12. Most Linux Distros come as ISO files which you download and burn to a disk, which you can then boot from
  13. 13. On Windows, you can use InfraRecorder to burn an ISO: or see </li></ul>
  14. 14. Installation and Partitioning <ul><li>If you have an existing OS, you may want to install Linux alongside it (this is known as dual-booting)
  15. 15. You will be prompted to select your preferred OS every time you boot your machine
  16. 16. Dual-booting generally requires that you repartition your hard drive to make space for Linux
  17. 17. The installers of most Linux Distros can do this pretty well! </li></ul>
  18. 18. Packages and Package Managers <ul><li>Most Linux distros have package managers, which contain lists of compatible software
  19. 19. Instead of hunting down software on the Web, search in the Package Manager
  20. 20. When you find what you want, click 'Apply' and the software will be downloaded and installed automatically
  21. 21. This system also extends to updates, all software will be updated through one application </li></ul>
  22. 22. Applications <ul><li>There are literally thousands of applications for the Linux platform
  23. 23. You may be familiar with some common Free Software applications from Windows
  24. 24. Some common applications are Firefox, OpenOffice, GIMP, Inkscape and Thunderbird
  25. 25. New applications are developed all the time (e.g. Pino, Shotwell)
  26. 26. See for help finding equivalent applications
  27. 27. The most common applications will usually be installed by default on your Distro of choice (unlike on Windows!) </li></ul>
  28. 28. Drivers and Hardware <ul><li>Most hardware will Just Work (TM) on Linux
  29. 29. Almost all the drivers you will require are included in the kernel
  30. 30. Some things require proprietary drivers (e.g. Nvidia graphics cards), which are usually available through the package manager
  31. 31. If it doesn't work immediately it can sometimes be quite tricky to get it working
  32. 32. Watch out for Webcams and Multifunction printers
  33. 33. Ipods work out of the box! </li></ul>
  34. 34. Multimedia <ul><li>Most distributions play non-patent encumbered audio and video files out of the box
  35. 35. Other codecs are available in the package manager and most distros will try to install them automatically when required
  36. 36. Linux Mint is a notable exception, which has all codecs available on install
  37. 37. Flash works, but usually has to be installed direct from Adobe. 64 bit flash is in beta (as of Thursday). </li></ul>
  38. 38. Conclusions <ul><li>Linux is a Free Operating System
  39. 39. It comes in many different versions
  40. 40. All of them are awesome (except Slackware, which is just wrong)
  41. 41. No penguins were harmed in the making of this presentation, but I accidentally stood on a BSD daemon </li></ul>
  42. 42. Questions? These slides are available online at Go forth and install Linux