I have written dozens of tutorials over the past few years.
This article provides links to beginners guides to Linux, dual boot guides, guides for creating Linux USB drives, running Linux in a virtual machine, Linux installation guides, Linux customisation and application guides, Linux gaming guides, Raspberry PI guides, Chromebook guides and more.
This section lists a couple of articles to read before you jump in to installing Linux.
This one is for those of you who are really new to Linux. It is a video created by CBT Nuggets highlighting 10 excellent tips for beginners.
This article highlights 5 things to consider when installing Linux for the first time such as working out which distribution to use, replacing or dual booting with Windows, backing up your current operating system, partitioning and of course why do you want to use Linux in the first place?
This guide shows how to create a recovery drive for Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 8.1.
This is useful for those of you planning to try dual booting Windows 8.1 and Ubuntu and even those of you who just want to make sure you can get your computer back working if something goes wrong.
Linux For Windows XP Users
This guide for Windows XP users shows how to create a bootable Linux DVD (PCLinuxOS).
This guide has been created for Windows XP users and shows how to create a bootable Linux USB drive (PCLinuxOS).
This guide shows how to backup Windows XP and how to create a system image.
This guide shows you how to shrink your Windows partition using Windows XP so that you can dual boot it with Linux.
Still running Windows XP? Why? It makes your machine slow and it is no longer supported.
Don’t throw the machine away though. Try Lubuntu instead with this guide which includes step by step instructions and pictures to help you.
OK, so you are still using Windows XP and you are really nervous about changing it now. Lets face it you are content with Windows XP and the only reason to change is the lack of support.
This guide shows how to dual boot Windows XP and PCLinuxOS so that you can get used to something new whilst still keeping the something old.
Linux For Windows Vista Users
Don’t have a spare USB drive? This guide for Windows Vista users shows how to create a bootable Linux DVD. (PCLinuxOS).
This guide has been created for Windows Vista users and shows how to create a bootable Linux USB drive. (PCLinuxOS).
This guide shows how to backup Windows Vista and how to create a system image.
In order to dual boot Windows Vista alongside Linux you will need to prepare your disks by shrinking the Windows partition. This guide shows you how to do it.
Windows Vista is almost as dead as Windows XP and therefore this guide shows how to dual boot Windows Vista with PCLinuxOS so that you can get used to trying something new whilst keeping something old.
Linux For Windows 7 Users
This guide shows you how to install Windows 7 and Ubuntu side by side with complete step by step instructions.
This guide shows how to replace Windows 7 with Linux Mint. The unique twist with this guide is that it shows you how to do it so that any recovery partitions and data partitions remain intact.
If you have tried dual booting Windows and Ubuntu and just didn’t like it follow this guide to get Windows back the way it was before you started.
This guide shows how to dual boot Windows 7 and Linux Mint using step by step instructions and images.
Linux For Windows 8 Users
This guide shows how to shrink your Windows 8.1 partition in order to be able to dual boot with Linux.
If you are looking to dual boot Fedora with your Windows 8.1 system then this guide will show you how to do that using step by step instructions and images.
One of the first distributions many people try is Linux Mint because it has the look and feel of Windows 7 and helps with familiarity.
This step by step guide shows how to dual boot Linux Mint with Windows 8.1.
This guide provides two fixes for UEFI bootloader issues after installing Ubuntu alongside Windows 8.1.
This guide shows you how to install Windows 8.1 and Ubuntu side by side with complete step by step instructions and screenshots.
The key is all in the creation of the USB drive.
Linux For MAC Users
If you are an Apple user you are an Apple user, right? Well not necessarily. There is no reason you can’t be an Apple user and a Linux user.
This guide shows you how.
The traditional desktops provide many customisable features and the Cinnamon desktop is indicative of a traditional desktop.
This guide shows how to add panels, add widgets and customise the login screen.
The XFCE desktop environment is probably the easiest to customise.
This guide shows how to add new panels, set up the cairo dock, install the Whisker menu and add slingscold for a nice dash style menu.
LXDE is a lightweight desktop environment which is every bit as customisable as XFCE.
This guide shows you the tips and tricks required to customise your LXDE desktop.
Creating Bootable USB Drives
In order to boot Ubuntu on a machine currently running Windows 8.1 you will need to create a bootable USB drive.
This guide provides step by step instructions on how to create the USB drive and is required for the dual boot guide.
In order to be able to try out openSUSE and install it you will need to download the ISO and create either a DVD or USB drive.
This step by step guide shows how to create a bootable openSUSE USB drive.
Before you can install Fedora you will need to either create a Fedora DVD or USB drive.
This step by step guide shows you how to do just that.
Before you can install Linux Mint you will need to either create a DVD or USB drive.
This step by step guide shows how to install Linux Mint on a USB drive.
This guide provides 3 different methods for creating a Xubuntu USB drive including using the Universal USB Installer, Ubuntu’s Startup Disk Creator and UNetbootin.
Puppy Linux is a great distribution which works incredibly well on older computers and is designed to run from a pen drive.
This guide shows the best method for installing Puppy Linux to a USB drive.
Before installing Lubuntu you will need to create a CD or USB drive. This guide provides step by step instructions for doing both.
This guide shows how to create a bootable Linux Mint USB drive using step by step instructions.
When I first started using Linux UNetbootin was the tool everyone used to create bootable USB drives.
Nowadays there are many more applications which can be used.
Here is a guide to using UNetbootin for creating bootable Linux USB drives.
Just one of many installation guides, this provides step by step instructions to using the Anaconda installer for installing Fedora Linux.
This guide shows how to install openSUSE using step by step instructions.
The openSUSE installer isn’t the easiest to follow and hopefully this guide will help you through the rough patches.
Xubuntu is a great distribution for those of you who like to tweak things. The preinstalled applications are kept to a minimum and with the Ubuntu repositories available there are a plethora of ways you can make it your own.
This guide shows how to install Xubuntu.
Zorin OS is a great operating system for Windows users who are thinking of trying Linux for the first time because it mimics the Windows interface.
This guide shows how to replace Windows with Zorin.
Peppermint Linux takes cloud computing to the desktop by integrating web applications into the main interface.
This guide shows how to install Peppermint Linux.
The Raspberry PI version 2 has made the impossible possible. This little device is now many times better than the original version yet still at the same price point.
This guide shows how to setup the Raspberry PI.
The Raspberry PI is a magnificent feat of engineering and for under £30 you can adapt it to be pretty much whatever you want it to be.
In this case the Raspberry PI is turned into a DAAP server which lets you serve music to all of your devices as long as they are capable of running DAAP clients.
Not sure if your device can be a DAAP client? Think iPods, iPads, MacBooks, Android phones, Android tablets, Windows media player, iTunes, Rhythmbox, Banshee and many other applications and devices.
This guide shows how to connect to the Raspberry PI from the HP Chromebook using SSH and VNC.
This guide shows you how to setup WordPress on the Raspberry PI.
You will need to follow my guide for setting up a webserver and installing MySQL in order to follow this guide.
This guide shows how you can connect to your Raspberry PI from your office or from the local coffee shop by setting up port forwarding and getting an external IP address.
This guide shows you how to install Lighttpd, PHP and MySQL in order to set up your Raspberry PI and a web server.
This guide shows how to install a VNC server on the Raspberry PI and how to connect to it from an Android tablet.
This guide shows you how to use streamripper to record the audio streams from online radio stations.
It even splits the tracks and cuts out the adverts.
This guide shows how to install Minecraft on the HP Chromebook.
In order to follow this guide you will need to have installed Ubuntu on the Chromebook.
This guide shows how to use Crouton to install Ubuntu on the HP Chromebook.
Before installing Ubuntu and modifying the HP Chromebook in any way it is a good idea to create recovery media so that you can always get it back to the way it was before you started messing with it.
This guide shows you how to do just that.
This guide shows how to use GNOME boxes to run multiple operating systems on one computer.
This is useful for testing out different Linux distributions or trying out new features without messing up your main computer.
This guide shows you how to install Ubuntu on top of Windows using Oracle’s Virtualbox.
This is a great place to start if you are unsure as to whether Linux is for you or not.
Makulu Linux is a really nice alternative distribution with great artwork and a really decent set of applications pre-installed.
This guide shows you how to try it using Oracle’s Virtualbox.
This guide shows how to install Linux Mint within Windows using Oracle’s Virtualbox software.
After installing Fedora Linux you will need to know how to navigate the GNOME desktop.
This guides provides a list of useful keyboard shortcuts for negotiating GNOME.
Fedora Linux is a community distribution and as such only ships with free software.
This guide shows how to install Flash, Steam and the codecs necessary for playing MP3 audio within Fedora.
This guide shows 4 ways to download Debian.
It isn’t as easy as it looks, there are so many different options. This guide was designed to help make the download process easier.
As with Fedora, openSUSE only ships with free software. This guide shows the methods for installing Flash, Steam and MP3 codecs whilst using openSUSE.
For those of you who like a mail client which resembles Microsoft Outlook, Evolution is the perfect choice.
This guide shows how to setup a use Evolution.
Rhythmbox is the ultimate audio player for Linux.
This guide shows how to import audio, create playlists, set up a DAAP server and import podcasts.
This guide shows how to install 5 modern essential applications within Fedora Linux.
By the time you have these installed your Linux desktop will be complete.
This guide shows a number of different ways to reset a Windows password using Linux including cracking the password or just resetting it from the command line.
This guide shows how to use the ClamAV antivirus package to clear viruses from the Windows partition on a computer.
Install ClamAV to a live USB drive and you can fix viruses on any machine anywhere.
New users tend to go for Linux Mint or Ubuntu. If you are a new Ubuntu user you might find some of the simple tasks difficult if you don’t know where to look.
This guide helps you to connect to the internet using Ubuntu.
This short guide shows how to run Linux terminal commands in the background so that you can continue to run multiple command line applications at the same time.
After installing Ubuntu you will want to get to grips with how the desktop works.
This guide shows you how the launcher works including opening applications, adding and removing programs and the different symbols and their meanings.
When you have finished reading about the Unity launcher it is time to move on to the Dash which is used for finding, running and integrating applications within Ubuntu.
This guide shows how to use PlayOnLinux to install “The Sims 3” within Ubuntu.
This guide shows how to play classic Windows games within Linux using PlayOnLinux.
The guide includes full step by step instructions and highlights a few intricacies.
This guide shows how to use DOSBox to play classic games such as Prince Of Persia and Sim City 2000.
This guide shows how to play classic DOS games using PlayOnLinux as opposed to DOSBox. I prefer to use this method over using DOSBox.
This guide shows some nice little tricks for playing classic games within Linux such as using modern joysticks in such a way that they aren’t too slick for older games.
This guide shows you how to convert from MP3 to WAV and WAV to MP3.
We are all used to converting from CD audio to MP3. (Actually younger people might not because they are used to downloading). The rest of us have a CD collection. This guide shows how to convert from CD audio to MP3.
Sometimes you want to convert from MP3 to WAV so that you can copy the songs to a CD for playing in the car. This guide shows how to do that as well.
Ransomware threatened to become a big thing a few years ago with ordinary users and large companies being forced to pay unethical conmen to get access to their own data after it was encrypted by nasty software. Pay up or never get your data back.
This guide provides 16 ways to beat Cryptolocker and Ransomware.