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You’re probably already aware that the Linux operating system (OS) is quite different from others, especially the Windows operating system. This doesn’t mean, however, that it’s harder to use. It just takes a little getting used to, and once you do, you’ll most likely be impressed at how the Linux OS works.
Take surfing the ‘Net, for example. If you currently use the Windows Operating System, you probably use Internet Explorer to get to whatever home page (Yahoo, MSN, etc.) you use. With Linux, you may use Netscape / Mozilla. Basically, this program works the same as Internet Explorer. Once you get to your homepage in Netscape / Mozilla, you simply type in your keyword or key phrase and get your Internet links.
Which program do you currently use for documents? If you have Windows, you may use Microsoft Office. In Linux, you can use Open Office, Star Office, or Office. These are very easy to use, just like Microsoft Office programs are, it’s really just a matter of learning where your icons, shortcuts, and other function keys are on the Linux program toolbars. Once you do, though, you’ll be cranking your work out just as fast (if not a little faster) than you were before.
The important thing to remember about Linux is that most of the software is compatible with the Windows OS. If you do happen to run across some software that only works on the Linux OS, don’t let that “scare” you. Again, Linux is fairly simple to navigate through and learn. And, if you do need help, there are websites such as thecliq.org, which deals primarily with Linux-related information that you can go to for information.