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Get started with Linux

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In the past, if you didn’t want to buy a computer with Windows installed, your choices were rather limited.

Specifically, there was a choice between buying an Apple Mac and installing Linux on a bare PC.

If the idea of a Mac didn’t appeal, then a fair amount of technical knowledge and nerve was needed to install Linux.

However, this has changed. Not only is Linux a lot more user-friendly, but some companies, including Dell, now sell PCs with Linux instead of Windows pre-installed.

Switching on a Linux PC for the first time may be a little disorientating as many options are in different places. Follow our guide and find your feet quickly and easily with the Ubuntu version of Linux.

Getting started and logging in

Starting the computer is just like any other PC, but there is an extra menu before Ubuntu starts properly. This is only needed if there is a problem with the computer, much like the diagnostic menu that flashes up when most Windows PCs start. Unless there’s a problem, this menu can safely be ignored as Ubuntu will start automatically after a short delay.

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