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Changing Operating System involves a learning curve and might not be quick. Many people trying Linux abandon the attempt, following inadequate investigation. Avoid the following, common mistakes:
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Changing Operating System involves a learning curve and might not be quick. Many people trying Linux abandon the attempt, too quickly, following inadequate investigation. Avoid the following, common mistakes:
 
#Expecting a Windows/iOS experience, when the general look & feel might be similar but the different paradigm in Linux results in :
 
#Expecting a Windows/iOS experience, when the general look & feel might be similar but the different paradigm in Linux results in :
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#*often a longer "time to boot", on the same hardware, offset by
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#**fewer needs to reboot
 
#*"drivers" being generally inbuilt and installed automatically
 
#*"drivers" being generally inbuilt and installed automatically
 
#*antivirus software not being required
 
#*antivirus software not being required
 
#*frequent, but not automatic updates
 
#*frequent, but not automatic updates
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#Expecting Linux to run (and very fast) on long superceded hardware
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#*specialised distributions can run remarkably well on such - but
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#**contemporary software, particularly for streaming, graphics editing etc require much more resources
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#**a dual-core (or fast single-core) CPU plus 2 GB RAM is required for reliable evaluations
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#**the majority of distributions have phased out releases for 32-bit computers
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#*popular distributions will run much better if (eventually) installed to SSD - but
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#**older computer '''BIOS''' doesn't support "AHCI", which is required to gain much benefit from SSD
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#Not Adjusting Settings
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#*many apparent "anoyances", such as background image, fonts etc can quickly be changed
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#**a summary Handbook is often accessible via the "Help" pull-down menu
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#Changing Distribution, when a different Desktop Environment would be better
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#*each Desktop Environment is designed & implemented for a range of characteristics
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#**simple v full-featured
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#**contemporary v historic "look & feel"
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#**low v higher hardware resource pre-requisites
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#*many distributions have a choice of Desktop Environments, whilst being similar "under the hood"
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#Installing too Soon
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#*live DVD are generally free and do not time-expire
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#**time to reboot from USB 3 device is relatively short
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#*evaluate at least '''two''' Desktop Environments
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#**from the same Distribution, to get the best comparison
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#*evaluate at least '''two''' Distributions
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#**staying with one Desktop Environment, to get the best comparison
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#Expecting '''all''' of your existing hardware to work
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#*Linux generally supports older hardware longer than do other OS - but
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#**drivers for new hardware might not be available quickly - plus
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#**there is insufficient market to make Linux drivers viable for some hardware
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#*in general, avoid buying new hardware without doing a search for "hardware model + Linux"

Latest revision as of 10:53, 5 October 2021

Changing Operating System involves a learning curve and might not be quick. Many people trying Linux abandon the attempt, too quickly, following inadequate investigation. Avoid the following, common mistakes:

  1. Expecting a Windows/iOS experience, when the general look & feel might be similar but the different paradigm in Linux results in :
    • often a longer "time to boot", on the same hardware, offset by
      • fewer needs to reboot
    • "drivers" being generally inbuilt and installed automatically
    • antivirus software not being required
    • frequent, but not automatic updates
  2. Expecting Linux to run (and very fast) on long superceded hardware
    • specialised distributions can run remarkably well on such - but
      • contemporary software, particularly for streaming, graphics editing etc require much more resources
      • a dual-core (or fast single-core) CPU plus 2 GB RAM is required for reliable evaluations
      • the majority of distributions have phased out releases for 32-bit computers
    • popular distributions will run much better if (eventually) installed to SSD - but
      • older computer BIOS doesn't support "AHCI", which is required to gain much benefit from SSD
  3. Not Adjusting Settings
    • many apparent "anoyances", such as background image, fonts etc can quickly be changed
      • a summary Handbook is often accessible via the "Help" pull-down menu
  4. Changing Distribution, when a different Desktop Environment would be better
    • each Desktop Environment is designed & implemented for a range of characteristics
      • simple v full-featured
      • contemporary v historic "look & feel"
      • low v higher hardware resource pre-requisites
    • many distributions have a choice of Desktop Environments, whilst being similar "under the hood"
  5. Installing too Soon
    • live DVD are generally free and do not time-expire
      • time to reboot from USB 3 device is relatively short
    • evaluate at least two Desktop Environments
      • from the same Distribution, to get the best comparison
    • evaluate at least two Distributions
      • staying with one Desktop Environment, to get the best comparison
  6. Expecting all of your existing hardware to work
    • Linux generally supports older hardware longer than do other OS - but
      • drivers for new hardware might not be available quickly - plus
      • there is insufficient market to make Linux drivers viable for some hardware
    • in general, avoid buying new hardware without doing a search for "hardware model + Linux"