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Getting Into Linux the Easy Way (Linux for Beginners) - page 2

Finding Good-Quality, Fairly-Priced OEM Linuxes

  • April 29, 2009
  • By Carla Schroder

I prefer independent Linux vendors over the big-time computer vendors. They are not subject to the pressures from Microsoft that Microsoft partners are, and they really understand Linux and Linux users. My current favorites are ZaReason and System76. Both sell Ubuntu computers, have competitive pricing, and are responsive and helpful. ZaReason is agreeable to customizations, so if you don't see what you want on their site, give them a call and ask.

Dell, ZaReason, and System 76 are also good places to shop for Linux laptops and desktop systems.

Find Friendly Linux Geeks

Most Windows and Apple users have long forgotten what they went through when they were newbies. We spent years learning how to use Windows and Apple, and we pestered more experienced users when we had problems.
Linux is no different, so keep your eyes open for friendly Linux geeks and user groups.

Buy the Book!

I always wonder who buys all the hundreds of thousands of computer books that are sold each year, because I have yet to meet anyone who has purchased and studied a "How to Use Linux/Mac/Windows" book. Instead they waste years of their lives doing things the hard way, and computers are always a big mystery to them. People! Wise up and buy a book! The best book for a new Linux user is Ubuntu For Non-Geeks, 3rd Edition. Assuming you're running Ubuntu Linux, of course, and I think that Ubuntu is a great Linux for a beginner.

In our next installment we'll start poking around Ubuntu Linux and make it go.

Carla Schroder is the author of the Linux Cookbook and the Linux Networking Cookbook (O'Reilly Media), the upcoming "Building a Digital Sound Studio with Audacity" (NoStarch Press), a lifelong book lover, and the managing editor of LinuxPlanet and Linux Today.

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