Welcome to where your Linux journey begins. 

Here you will go through three stages. 

1. Select your distro of choice.

2. Install into a Virtual Enviroment within your current computer

3. Learn the Basics.

Here comes the fun part, selecting a distro. Now don’t worry, you are never locked into your first choice of distro and can change when ever you want. As you stay around the Linux community you will hear the Term “Distro Hoppers”. This is when a user jumps around Distros trying to make their mind up which one they prefer, and is totally normal.

JARGON ALERT: Distro = A “distro” or also known as a “distribution” is best explained if it was to be compared to Windows. Every Windows version is different and has a different look and feel, which is the same for a Linux Distro, but in this case the difference can be more than just cosmetic. This will be explained in depth elsewhere.

VM Requirements
  • 2 GHz dual core processor.
  • 2 GiB RAM (system memory)

Ubuntu:

Ubuntu is the most commonly used Linux Distribution to date. It gives a user coming from Windows to Linux a real feel for what’s to come, without chucking them into the deep end.

 

  • Ubuntu will always be free of charge, and there is no extra fee for the “enterprise edition”

  • Ubuntu includes the very best in translations and accessibility infrastructure that the Free Software community has to offer, to make Ubuntu usable by as many people as possible.

  • Ubuntu has a new release every six months. Every two even years an Ubuntu long term support (LTS) release will become available, that is supported for 5 years. The Ubuntu releases in between (known as development or non-LTS releases) are supported for 9 months each.

  • Ubuntu is entirely committed to the principles of open source software development; this gives peple the freedom to download it, improve it, and share it.

  • Download Here
VM Requirements
  • 2 GHz dual core processor.
  • 2 GiB RAM (system memory)

Linux Mint:

Linux mint is a distro that has a similar apperance to the Windows operating system, and tends to be the best transition for Windows users. 

Linux Mint offers three different versions, but Cinnamon is recommended. Different versions will be discussed on the Distros page.

 

  • It works out of the box, with full multimedia support and is extremely easy to use.
  • It’s both free of cost and open source.
  • It’s community-driven. Users are encouraged to send feedback to the project so that their ideas can be used to improve Linux Mint.
  • Based on Debian and Ubuntu, it provides about 30,000 packages and one of the best software managers.
  • It’s safe and reliable, and requires very little maintenance.
  • Download Here

Now that you have your Linux Distro downloaded you are probably wanting to know how we are going to get it running right?

 

Now the last thing you want to do, is remove you current operating system and put Linux on there, so instead we will be installing Linux in whats called a Virtual Machine

 JARGON ALERT: Virtual Machine= A Virtual Machine is a virtual enviroment where you can run operating systems without disrupting your current one, this is the best way to learn Linux as there is no way you can cause any issues with your current operating system. 

 

New To Virtual Box? Watch This.

Now at this stage there is only a small difference between Mac users and Windows users in terms of downloading Virtualbox, so this will be split into two parts depending on what kind of user you are.

To Download for Windows go to the Virtualbox Download page at this address. https://www.virtualbox.org/wiki/Downloads 

Click “Windows Hosts” and the executable will download, once it has downloaded you can go ahead and install the program.

To Download for Windows go to the Virtualbox Download page at this address. https://www.virtualbox.org/wiki/Downloads 

Click “OS X Hosts” and the installer will download, once it has downloaded you can go ahead and install the program.

Just like that, you are ready to create your first Linux install! Now to make this next step a bit easier I have created a video to walk you through the next few steps.