LINUX for Beginners

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LINUX for Beginners

 

Hey techies, lets start something new today! Now you may have been noticing or may have noticed your so-called “extreme nerdy friends” playing and working with an unknown platform which they call as ‘Linux’. Arrrgghh!! Thats surprising which software is it? Is it a freeware or a paid one?….Well all these kind of questions pop up in your mind of course if you aren’t already familiar with it.

So today I’m going to sort out all your queries about it and provide a systematic approach to all your questions. Lets start then…

What is LINUX?

Ah well! This is a very significant question. Sad to say but many “advanced level LINUX users” get this one wrong. LINUX is an operating system. It isn’t a software or something. But in the actual definition of it, it’s known as a ‘kernel’ to advanced users. Okay what is kernel…will come to that part later for the time being lets understand a bit more about the LINUX OS and about its creation.
LINUX is a UNIX based Portable Operating System Interface(POSIX) compliant operating system. Its was firstly developed for personal computers based on x86-Intel architecture by Mr. Linus Torvalds(also known as the first linux geek). But since then thing that made it special among all other operating systems was Mr. Torvalds’s decision to keep it free and open-source. The reason it has got transformed in the most powerful type of operating system was this particular reason. Being open-source and free many developers got their freedom to play around with it, they developed parts of LINUX purely out of curiosity and love and not for money and that is what made all the difference!

How do I start learn using it?

This is the most common questions among beginners, well my answer to it is simple, you got be adventurous! By ‘adventurous’ I mean you will learn a LOT on LINUX by using it practically and finding your own way through it yourself like your own discovery. Just install any simple linux distribution and start working on it, you’ll get to learn things about it pretty fast provided you ask your every query to search engines.

How to install LINUX on my machine?

Assuming you are a beginner you wouldn’t want to use LINUX as your base operating system from now on. So for that reason you got to dual boot it with your existing Windows or Mac operating systems. You need not worry about it just download the most beginner friendly LINUX OS named “Linux Mint“.
Then burn the .iso image of it on a DVD or make a bootable usb of the .iso file with Universal USB Installer. Then all you have to do is to boot from the installation media get into the live system and then starting the setup with will be dead easy to do! Well, I will be providing a video for it soon so you needn’t worry just stay tuned to our site.
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So you maybe wondering why we at “Security Training” as explaining about Linux all of a sudden. Well, did you know the most secured architecture that gives hackers a tough headache to penetrate is “LINUX”? And to say more no viruses unless developed exclusively for LINUX can execute in it. That mean you don’t have the headache to setup all those lousy antivirus programs. Isn’t that cool? We here at Security Training believe that LINUX is the starting point of “hardened security”.

The Linux philosophy is ‘Laugh in the face of danger’. Oops. Wrong One. ‘Do it yourself’. Yes, that’s it

Don’t forget to catch up with my next posts on LINUX where I’ll cover up a LOT of it and including the penetrating testing with LINUX and all exciting stuffs with it.

Have a nice day!
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7 COMMENTS

    • Great that it collapsed as you definitely cannot push or ignite enthusiasm who’d look forward to do good to the world – unless you name a term & foundation behind it, you think it is really & a must-requirement?

      If you do not share the same enthusiasm & open, GNU is barely a leftcopy of what’s right. It isn’t meant to be termed or noted – while working you either get a CC or GNU license and that’s Licensing part of it – not technical part of POSIX OS.

      • Hi, Shritam. Glad you read the article you see I have written the article in a very minimalistic way and even with some wrong stuffs (if needed) so that the beginners won’t be confused before starting to use LINUX. The only wrong thing I said here was calling LINUX an OS, but I purposely did this n order for the beginner’s perspective.
        Regards!

      • my first post was intended to be a joke. again, I am sorry if you understood it in another way 🙂
        since many people refer to a bunch of gnu software + linux kernel as just linux, I think it was good to give gnu guys a little credit, don’t you think so? I do, even more so when explaining the terms to newcomers.

        I am not sure I got you right at this stanza:

        “If you do not share the same enthusiasm & open, GNU is barely a leftcopy of what’s right. It isn’t meant to be termed or noted – while working you either get a CC or GNU license and that’s Licensing part of it – not technical part of POSIX OS.”

        but I was not talking about licensing terms when I was going about the linux term.

        if you wish to know my opinion on sowftwarez:
        I like free software (free as in freedom)
        I do not like open-source software (but in some cases it will do)
        As to proprietary software and saas: in some cases it is fine; in some cases it is not, especially when I am forced to use it or have no other options.

    • Hi, the thing you mentioned is still controversial and debatable, its not completely necessary to mention “GNU” with Linux and since this article is for beginners I have also diluted every part of it like calling “LINUX” an OS rather than a kernel. I’d post some relevant links for your reference. Thanks! Keep supporting us buddy!
      http://www.howtogeek.com/139287/the-great-debate-is-it-linux-or-gnulinux/
      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GNU/Linux_naming_controversy

      The mighty Android, Zen Porteus, Linux based BSDs are an example with LINUX and non-GNU 🙂

      • well, quite a discussion is raging here 🙂
        first of all, I would like to say my first post was supposed to be a joke. what I dislike text for is its inability to convey sarcasm. I see some readers in this thread took it very personally, which was unintended. I apologise.

        secondly, Beeprodeep, as your link explains, some people refer to the combination of gnu software and linux kernel as gnu/linux, some people just call it linux. I accept the arguments of both sides and myself very often call the system just linux, especially to my less-computerised friends.

        but, having acknowledged that, I still think that if you are writing about the terms, the history of computing, the history as far back as the 90’s and 80’s (we are not talking about newfangled androids and stuff), you should mention gnu guys as the (first) developers of the free operating system that, together with linux, brought us the famous combination.

        I see your point that linux kernel can be combined with software other than gnu. In such case they should be named appropriately.
        I don’t know for sure, but Zen Porteus seems gnu+linux to me. I would call it linux in vernacular, just as you and the guys in this thread would.
        as for android – yes, it has linux + proprietary software, but no one I know seriously calls android a linux. “nasty android” – I’ve heard that a lot, but never have I heard “hey, I am using a linux phone” 🙂
        BSD+linux – I believe it exists, I just haven’t heard of that. how do they call it? linux?

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