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Linux System, Does anyone have experience with this?

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girlandboy Sun 14-Jun-09 18:20:50

I am starting a new job tomorrow, and my new boss has just told me that they use the Linux system and not MS Windows.

I have never used this before and just wondered how easy it is to get to grips with.

Is it at all similar to Windows, or shall I expect to walk in tomorrow and have a baffled look on my face?

I should mention that the new job is on a part time basis and rather a casual set up, hence the reason I didn't know all the in's and out's beforehand.

girlandboy Sun 14-Jun-09 18:26:48


girlandboy Sun 14-Jun-09 18:59:34

bumpity bump


DadAtLarge Sun 14-Jun-09 19:10:32

Actually, Linux isn't one particular OS - there are several flavours all the way from Debian to..

But, never mind, the fact is that it shouldn't be a problem for most tasks. It's not like he'll ask you to install a kernal and mount a disk. He'll likely expect you to use some program running in the Linux OS - and those look and act very like Windows applications. Open Office, for example, is an alternate to MS Office (and often used on Linux systems). You start the word processing (called Writer) and while it looks a bit different to Word you essentially have all the nav bars at the top and you click on File and New to start a new file - just like you would with Word. Or click on Help if you get stuck with a particular task. Most shortcuts you use in Windows, actions you perform (like double clicking) are all the same in Linux.

DadAtLarge Sun 14-Jun-09 19:12:21

BTW, you can download a free copy of Open Office that works in the Windows environment if you wish to take it for a ride.

girlandboy Sun 14-Jun-09 19:13:37

Thanks for that.

I just don't want to look a total dork when I get behind the desk.

The boss seems quite confident in my abilities (or lack of, we shall see!) and his response to my concerns was "oh, you'll be ok duck, you'll find it dead easy".


girlandboy Sun 14-Jun-09 19:16:03

Wish me luck grin

Carmenere Sun 14-Jun-09 19:18:03

I use it on my netbook and it is v easy to negotiate (well the version on my net book is anyway)
The only thing I will mention is that if you are writing a document on the word processing application when you save it they give you options and one of them is to save it as a word doc and I would advise you to choose that as standard as it saves a lot of to-ing and fro-ing if you are sending a doc to someone else.

girlandboy Sun 14-Jun-09 19:19:16

Thanks Carmenere.

<<makes note in new note book>>

DadAtLarge Sun 14-Jun-09 21:09:40

Quick note: You may have already tried Open Office but if you do want to try Linux itself on your own home PC, it's pretty easy. You don't even need to install it. There are several versions (like knoppix free download) you can run from a CD or USB stick. Yes, the whole operating system runs from CD/DVD and your Windows remains exactly as it was! It's a really cool way to try Linux.

All the best of luck with the new job.

girlandboy Sun 14-Jun-09 21:26:21

DadAtLarge - thanks for that. It's very much appreciated.

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