In this book we look at how to get hold of Linux and how to install it on a PC or Mac, or in a virtual environment. We look at how it works and how you can achieve great things and take command of its features and options. Before long, you’ll be mastering Linux and diving deeper into open source.
Don’t worry if the thought of Linux sounds too much to take on board. Armed with this book, you can comfortably get to grips with how everything works, and how you can make it work for you. We show you how you can navigate the filesystem, manage the desktop, use its many wonderful features and install more open source software.
Linux has many different distributions: some offer the user a lightweight environment in which to work in, whereas others are designed for those who demand cutting edge tools and stunning visuals. These specific twists are what make Linux a great operating system to use; Linux Mint is regarded as one of the best distros available. We take a closer look at Linux Mint and what it can do for you.
We take things a step further here, showing you how you can build your own Linux distro, using Arch Linux as the base. You’ll work from the command line, partition a hard drive, format it, download and install the core Linux files. You then learn how to configure it with a Desktop Environment, together with additional software, to make it a complete bespoke operating system ready for your own unique spin.