In This Chapter
Starting Linux and logging in
Getting familiar with the shell
Shutting down the system
You’re sitting in front of your PC, about to turn it on. You know that the PC has Linux installed. (Maybe you did the installing yourself, but who’s keeping track?) You’re wondering what to expect when you turn it on and what you do afterward. Not to worry. If you’re using Linux for the first time, this chapter shows you how to log in, check out the graphical desktops, try out some cryptic Linux commands, and finally, shut down the PC.
For those of you who already know something about Linux, flip through this chapter to see if anything looks new. You never know what you may not know!
When you turn on the PC, it goes through the normal power-up sequence and loads the boot loader — GRUB or LILO, depending on your Linux distribution and what ...