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Debunking Common Misconceptions Among Linux Newbies

Jul 08, 2009, 18:32 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Christopher Howard)

"There is a difference between an operating system and an interface. With operating systems such as Windows or Macintosh, the operating system has a certain well-defined "look and feel", which can only be altered slightly. Things such as the location of menus and the way icons behave is characteristic of the operating system itself. This is called the operating system's "desktop environment".

"In Linux, however, there are many different desktop environments available for you to choose from. Most Linux distributions come with a certain desktop environment by default. But if you don't like it, you can simply install a different one.

"Do not allow yourself to become frustrated just because you come across an interface you do not like. Linux is highly customizable, and it can ultimately become whatever you want it to be."

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