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Linux All-in-One For Dummies, 5th Edition by Emmett Dulaney

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Chapter 4

Trying Out Linux

In This Chapter

arrow Starting Linux and logging in

arrow Getting familiar with the shell

arrow 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.

distributionspecific.eps If you try out the Ubuntu Live distribution, all you have to do is boot from the flash drive/DVD/CD (as explained in Chapter 2 of this minibook), and you can try it just like any other Linux distribution.

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!

Starting Linux

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 ...

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