Launch into Linux is a blog written by a beginner for beginners. It is designed to introduce you to Linux—a free operating system you can install on your computer instead of Windows or Mac. Linux is fast, easy to use, and best of all, it doesn’t cost a dime. Unlike Windows and Mac, Linux isn’t sold by a company for profit—it’s free, and it’s developed by a community of users.
Linux is a great option for older computers that are on the verge of being replaced—instead of buying a new computer, you can give Linux a try and save hundreds of dollars. Check out this post to find out more about Linux and reasons why you should consider making the switch.
I’m an IT technician with a journalism degree who likes to play around with computers. One day, after getting sick of waiting for Windows XP to load on an old Dell computer that had seen better days, I started looking for ways to make the computer run faster. I had heard something about Linux before, so I decided to check it out. After burning a CD and popping it into the disk drive, my computer did something incredible: it became usable. No longer was I twiddling my thumbs for several minutes waiting for a web browser to load or watching as my screen froze. Before, the computer ran at an excruciating crawl; now, it ran quickly.
After that, I was hooked. I tried out several different Linux distributions—at one point, I had five different operating systems installed on the old Dell at the same time. In the process, I began to learn about Linux. This blog is an attempt to introduce Linux to people who have never heard about it and show them some ways in which they might be able to use it. It’s written in a simple, easy-to-understand style—no technical jargon or computer science degrees required. Think of it as one curious beginner sharing notes and helpful tips with other beginners.
Thanks for reading, and I hope you’ll join me as we discover and learn to navigate the exciting world of Linux!