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10 Tips for New Linux / Ubuntu Users


The following tips may sound too simple for more experienced Linux users, however, posting is intended for novices. Share with people who want to enter the Penguin world, or with beginners. Remembering that focus on Ubuntu and its derivatives, by understanding that it is the gateway to many. However, the tips go beyond, perhaps one or another topic, as PPAs are exclusively for Ubuntu and derivatives, but the rest apply to most Linux distributions (aimed at beginners, of course).

01 – Allow yourself to discover the system

This tip for plant novices, while others focus on another user. However, this is the pleasure to discover something. Spend some time using, learning, playing with the system. If it goes beyond this, avoid it on a computer with important data or that you use for production. As they say: the sky is the limit. When using the system, avoid these crazy work machine tests, and consider the tips described in this post.

02 – You Don't Need Wine For Everything

There are many programs on Linux. You do not necessarily have to run Windows applications for everything. Wine is a palliative form for cases where there is no other option. It is not uncommon to see users running programs that have native versions on Linux with Wine. Check if there is a app you use on the platform, and try the alternatives. In fact I would indicate something else, even before migrating to Linux, however, this is for another post ().

03 – Keep your system up to date

Upgrading the system ensures possible bug fixes and serious failures. Keeping the system up to date, your security is greater. Some users do not like to update because they have to download several gigabytes during the process. However, if you are using Ubuntu and have only installed what you need, this situation will not be present. Some systems bring the latest, consecutively more updates are required. There is no harm in that, but avoid delaying the updates. If it is a critical update with some vulnerability fix, do it immediately.

04 – Install only the programs you will use

This simple tip aims to make your system lean and table safer. Without software unnecessary to use, updates will be minor and the risk of bug vulnerabilities as well.

05 – Avoid abandoned programs

Another interesting tip is to compare several alternatives for the same purpose. For example, suppose you want a new music player. There are numerous options, each for a different taste. But if there is anything to think about besides the look and functionality, if the package is still being maintained. New updates are not only a way to receive features, but also bug fixes and vulnerabilities. Avoid abandoned programs and give preference to those that are in full development. Of course, this will not always be possible, but minimizing your system as much as possible.

06 – PPA s in real cases of need

PPA is a touchy subject, some love and some hate. If you don't know what these repositories are, we have this matter explaining about. The interesting thing about PPAs is the possibility of using programs, drivers and libraries that are not natively in the system repository or are in lower versions. For many years this feature It was a necessity for many users on Ubuntu, using it without PPA was almost impossible. Today the story has changed, with the emergence of new packages such as: AppImage, Flatpak and Snap. For Nvidia users Ubuntu has added the latest versions of the proprietary driver to the no PPA (). Avoid PPA's, use other means, reconsider if it is so important to risk the system with possible dependency errors and other things.

07 – Watch out for expired tutorials

The world of technology evolves amazingly, with Linux no different. On the contrary, it seems that in recent years the penguin has been evolving so fast that it is difficult to keep up with its progress. This is to facilitate the use by ordinary users, making the system simpler every day. Before using any command, look a little further, check the tutorial date, if there are no other modes or if the solution is simpler at the moment. Beware of PPA's with no expiration date, they often cause several dependency errors and break the system. Older DEB packages can do equally dangerous damage. The new packages (AppImage, Flatpak and Snap) Avoid inconvenience and do not damage your system.

08 – Knowledge a flame

Knowledge as a fire, as you feed it the more it grows and by sharing it does not diminish only multiplies. Join groups and forums, and keep to yourself something that I've always heard (and I think you do too). Absorb the good and discard the bad. Learn and also pass on what you know, so your flame only tends to grow and multiply. Create topics, help people, you learn while you teach.

09 – Watch where you are

This tip complements the previous one. Absorbing what is good does not mean staying among pigs. Unfortunately in the community, just like any other, there are radical, petty people who only destroy. Escape these groups and forums, avoid such users. Obviously, even in sensible groups some will not appear. Just ignore it, treat others kindly and don't let your flame go out. For those who have questions about where to join, I recommend the Diolinux Plus forum. The open minded people, no matter if you use, Windows, Linux or macOS.

10 – Follow, encourage and share good content.

It is common for people to share news that leaves them # $?%! of life or just fake news. When faced with toxic content, be wise. Take a deep breath, let the anger go and ignore it, send it to limbo. Share only meaningful content, accompany producers who do more for the community rather than who propagates lies. Encourage projects that have at some point added to your life. Thus others may benefit and the project will not die. Content producers need their support, be it financial, with engagement or sharing. This way more and more people can discover our projects.

Did you like the 10 tips? Would you add something? Consider creating a topic in our Diolinux Plus forumRemember, the flame of knowledge does not go out when sharing, only tends to multiply.

Until the next post, SYSTEMATICALLY!

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