Getting started on Linux: resources for taking the plunge

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In other LxA articles we have already helped you with a multitude of tutorials and news that you should know on Linux. I even dedicated several articles to help users who came from other operating systems and had landed for the first time on a GNU / Linux distribution or were planning to do so.

The network is also plagued with reasons why use GNU / Linux instead of Windows, or other systems, but regardless of that, and whatever the reason for your decision, you should know a series of resources that can help you take your first steps in Linux and not fail in the attempt.

Introduction

Remember the greatest enemy that you are going to find is called «custom». When you are used to other operating systems, even if the new one you are trying to migrate to is a thousand times better, you will end up tempted to return to your comfort zone, to comfort, to what you already know. It is something that happens to many users who begin, but it is a resistance that you must overcome and in a while you will be totally used and adapted. At that time, you will not want anything else ...

That "custom" it can come to you in a multitude of ways. Some call it drivers, others call it Office, others call it their favorite app, or maybe graphical environment. In other words, the excuses for not continuing with Linux can be very diverse. But you have to find a solution to them to stay. And that happens by looking for the existing alternatives and get used to it:

  • You should know that as for hardware supportLinux is not what it used to be. It has improved a lot and you will find drivers for almost everything (both free and proprietary).
  • La office automation it is also another of the most pronounced barriers. The dependency on MS Office is brutal, but there are great alternatives like LibreOffice. And if that doesn't convince you, you can use Office web, and even use virtualization, Wine, ...
  • Your barrier may be another software that you use frequently. First of all, make sure it doesn't exist for Linux natively. For example, the Firefox and Chrome browsers are for Linux, and like them, many other programs (VLC, Steam, ...). If not, there are many alternatives. Sometimes the difficult thing is not to find them, but to decide which one to use, since there are quite a few. For example, if you depend on certain programs like Photoshop, Premier, Cinema 4D, ... you will find wonderful apps like GIMP, OpenShot, and Blender.
  • Desks They are also another one of those "customs" or excuses. Whether you come from macOS or Windows, you have desktop environments or flavors of distros to be able to have a desktop environment that is as similar as possible. You just have to look for the most suitable one.
  • The Gamers They are also one of the most reluctant to change, and the reason is that there are not so many titles available for GNU / Linux. Native video games for Linux have grown a lot in recent years, and there are some streaming platforms that are erasing barriers in this regard. You also have Steam with Proton, to play your favorite native games for Windows on Linux, and effortlessly ...
  • What is your "but", or your "habit"? Think, surely there is an alternative ...

Some resources to help you

With that said, now I will show you some resources of which you can have to make the journey a little easier. For instance:

Also, if you have any doubts about taking the first step and adopting Linux, you also have websites like this where they have information and FAQs that can dispel all those doubts that you still have.

You no longer have any excuse to jump! And remember, you must overcome that initial resistanceAs the months go by just using GNU / Linux, you will realize that it is not as terrible as you thought, and you will get used to it. When that moment arrives you will realize because it will be then when you put the "buts" to get off this platform ...


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