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Some Useful Basics For Newcomers To Ubuntu

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Getting Ubuntu running on your PC is pretty straightforward, and most of its features are fairly obvious if you’ve been used to a graphical user interface like Windows or Mac OS X. Here’s a handful of tips to help you make the transition and find some useful features if you’ve started playing with Ubuntu.

One of the great advantages of Ubuntu is that it’s dead easy to get it up and running on your PC, even if you don’t want to make it your main operating system but are simply feeling curious. Our detailed tutorial on building a recovery USB that runs Ubuntu will walk you through the process, and that will let you sample the delights of Ubuntu without having to get rid of your existing (and familiar) environment. One thing to bear in mind is that this isn’t necessarily a speedy process: while setting up the USB stick is pretty straightforward, downloading 700MB-odd of Ubuntu files can easily take a couple of hours. So let your PC do this while you’re relaxing in front of the TV of an evening.

Ubuntu isn’t your only choice when it comes to Linux distributions, of course — a lot of the Lifehacker team like Mint because it includes lots of helpful default codecs and players, and there are plenty of other fine choices.

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