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#Expecting '''all''' of your existing hardware to work
 
#Expecting '''all''' of your existing hardware to work
 
#*Linux generally supports older hardware longer than do other OS - but
 
#*Linux generally supports older hardware longer than do other OS - but
#*drivers for new hardware might not be available quickly - plus
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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"

Revision as of 10:35, 5 October 2021

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:

  1. Expecting a Windows/iOS experience, when the general look & feel might be similar but the different paradigm in Linux results in :
    • "drivers" being generally inbuilt and installed automatically
    • antivirus software not being required
    • frequent, but not automatic updates
  2. Changing Distribution, when a different Desktop Environment would be better
    • many distributions have a choice of Desktop Enviroments, whilst being similar "under the hood"
  3. 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 distribtion, to get the best comparison
    • evaluate at least two Distributions
      • staying with one Desktop Environment, to get the best comparison
  4. 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"