You learn Linux best by getting real practical experience working with it. By using a Linux desktop, running Linux programs, and especially running Linux commands – the real power behind Linux administration.
5 Ways to Get Linux Running to Get Linux Training
1. Get Linux “pre-installed” on a new computer
This is one of the easiest ways to start working with Linux. Several major retailers now offer Linux pre-installed on their computer systems. Just buy it, boot it and start working!
2. Install Linux on a system that doesn’t have Windows
You can install Linux “from scratch”, from CD or DVD, on a new or used system that doesn’t already have an operating system (like Windows) on it.
3. Install Linux on a Windows system
If you don’t want to buy a new or used system for Linux, you can install Linux on an existing Windows system. When you do this, you create a “dual boot” (Linux and Windows) system.
After you install Linux and boot your system, a menu will appear allowing you to boot into Windows or boot into Linux!
In this case, you don’t need to buy a computer just for Linux. But there is a downside: if you make a mistake during the installation, or even if you delete Linux from your system later, you may loose all your Windows programs and data!
Linux Tip: Be sure to back up your system up before you install Linux and before you remove Linux.
4. Boot a system with a Linux “live” CD or DVD version
This one’s quite fun and very easy to do!
You can work with a Linux “live” version by booting a system with a Linux live CD or DVD.
Just put the Linux live CD / DVD in your drive and start your system. As soon as your system boots, Linux will automatically start and run “live”. No installation required!
Linux Tip: If you don’t have a high-speed connection to download Linux, you can buy Linux on CD or DVD and have it mailed to you anywhere in the world for a surprisingly small amount of money.
5. Run Linux from within Windows
A free “player” version of Linux is the easiest and fastest way to get Linux running from within Windows, on an existing Windows system!
Just run Windows and download and install the free Linux “player” program and a free “player” version of Linux. This lets you easily run Linux from within Windows!
Run the player program and open the player version of Linux and you get a fully functional version of Linux running from within Windows!
Now you know how to get Linux running so you can get real, practical experience working with Linux!