Saturday, 27 September 2014
Posted by Gary Newell |  at 18:18 No comments
This post just highlights some of the other articles that I have been writing at linux.about.com.
Every week I have started writing a news roundup highlighting Linux based articles that I think will be useful to the wider community including general news and tutorials.
In addition I have started setting the scene for new Linux users by showing how to set up Linux in a virtual machine, how to use the Unity Launcher and Dashboard and by providing a list of things to do after installing Linux.
I have focussed on Ubuntu to start with as that is one of the easier distributions to get used to but the articles will become more and more generic for other distributions and there will be some more technical stuff as time goes on.
The big news of the week is the major bug in BASH that could leave your system vulnerable to attack.
Most home Linux users probably wouldn't fall foul of this bug as it requires access to the shell in the first place but you should patch your systems and keep them up to date anyway.
Jeff Hoogland had announced that he was taking a less active role in Bodhi Linux and therefore it was predicted that Bodhi would stop being developed.
Another big story was the news that Turin would be swapping Windows XP for Ubuntu.
Matt Hartley discussed the myths that often touted about Linux and Dedoimedo looked at Plasma 5.
Also in the weekly news that week were guides showing how to set up a command line Twitter client and how to set up SSH using Linux.
A week is a long time in Linux. Jeff Hoogland announced that Bodhi was not going to be coming to an end and that new people had stepped forward to help with the project.
Dedoimedo asked the question "Has the Linux arena become boring?". Read the news roundup and then the article and then come back here and comment.
Datamation had an article questioning the viability of Linux gaming as many games developers are seeing less than adequate sales growth from the Linux platform.
In a week that included Microsoft buying Minecraft the news was a bit doom and gloom but there was a positive upbeat as it is unlikely that Minecraft will cease to exist on the Linux platform.
Tutorials included links to the PlayOnLinux articles found on this site and how to install and run Android applications on your Linux computer.
If you have Windows and you want to try Linux out for the first time then trying Ubuntu out in a virtual machine might be a good start.
After you have installed Ubuntu you might be wondering what you should do next. This article has 30 items of which some of them must be done and others are nice to haves.
The first few items actually look at learning how to use Ubuntu whereas later on it looks at setting up things like Skype, Dropbox and Netflix.
The final few steps are more about support and further development and also a little bit about entertainment such as listening to the Ubuntu UK Podcast.
Ubuntu's Unity desktop might be confusing for new users. This article shows you how the launcher works including how to set up new launcher icons, what all the symbols mean, why the icons flash sometimes and how to hide the launcher altogether.
Having learned how to use the Unity Launcher the next step is to understand the Dash.
This guide looks at all the different scopes, how to filter the scopes and how to integrate online accounts and various other applications into the Dash.
This week has been a bit fraught for System Admins with the Shellshock bug coming to the fore. One thing that has become prevalent is that it is important to know how well your system is supported.
This guide takes a unique twist on the way you might decide to choose the best Linux distribution by looking at distributions in a tree type structure where the top of the tree is the base distribution and the branches are derivatives. The further you get from the top of the tree the harder it is to keep up to date and get support.
About the Author
Gary Newell started the Everyday Linux User blog in 2010 and has written reviews on dozens of different Linux based operating systems. He has also written a number of tutorials.
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