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Old 09-24-2015, 12:36 PM   #1
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Is Linux easy to install, without having much experience. And is it easy to install. And what about anti-virus and also can I use chrome and other browsers normally as in windows?
 
Old 09-24-2015, 01:01 PM   #2
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There are hundreds of different Linux distributions and you would have to select one before you get specific advice. Go to the site below and look on the right under "Page Hit Ranking" and this will give you a general idea of the more popular or most used distributions. There are links to each and you can go to the home page for each and get more information.

Ease of installation will depend upon several factors. Have you ever installed any operating system on any computer at any time? Do you have another operating system on the computer you want to keep? If you have a blank drive to install to and moderately new hardware, there usually isn't any problem. You can use chrome or chromium or firefox and a number of other browsers on Linux. There is anti-virus software you can use on Linux which is generally used if you also have windows installed. You would probably need to at least post some info on your hardware to get specific recommendations. Bear in mind that when you get a recommendation, it will often just be what the other persons uses or prefers so what you want to use the software for will have a bearing on any recommendation.

http://distrowatch.com/

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Old 09-24-2015, 01:03 PM   #3
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Dear All,
Is Linux easy to install, without having much experience.
"Easy" is a relative term. Windows is "easy" to install...for most, and difficult for others. Linux is the same way. 98% will find it very easy to install any of the mainstream distros, especially those like Mint.
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And is it easy to install.
Yes, it still is.
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And what about anti-virus and also can I use chrome and other browsers normally as in windows?
Linux is not Windows...you don't need anti-virus, although you CAN use it. And if you look at any of the browsers available (aside from Safari and IE), they all work just fine on Linux. Look at Chrome's webpage.
 
Old 09-24-2015, 01:03 PM   #4
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Easy to install? Sure.

Anti-virus? Nope, Windows viruses do not affect Linux.

Chrome, Firefox, SeaMonkey and others? Of course.

Now, easy to install depends. Are you going to dual-boot with WinWatever? What Linux distribution are you thinking of (Ubuntu, easy, Slackware, you need to know some stuff, others, somewhere in between). First-timer, I'd say Ubuntu (it holds your hand and does a lot of thing automagically).

The widely used browsers are, generally, included in the distribution (maybe not Chrome, though, but that's easily gotten and installed via the distribution's add-on software facility).

Security in Linux is significantly better than any Windows ever produced. You do need to use best practices, though, using good passwords for both the system and your browsing -- at least ten characters, mix of upper- and lower case, digits, punctuation. No dictionary words, nothing that you have given on social media (no birth date, no pet names, no address and the like). Definitely not qwerty, 123456 or any of that nonsense.

Bear in mind: Linux is not a Windows clone -- it's a real, full-blown multiuser, multitasking computer operating system: you're going to need to learn some things to get the most out of it (and you can ask question here at LQ).

Have fun!
 
Old 09-24-2015, 01:04 PM   #5
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Yes, you might wish to look at the Distribution Review page and next visit the ISO Download Page and try some distributions out either via Live Boot or Virtual Machine using something like VirtualBox and then you can try them out and see what you like.

Note that there are very many options, but as a starter I'd recommend what we call a Desktop Linux distribution. There are ones which are more geared towards servers, and one's more "technical" where you have the command line only and no desktop interface, there are also specialized ones which you partake in customizing it yourself before you load it on your machine, or ones which are made for a highly specialized set of tasks like network intrusion checking. Therefore just read at least enough to understand that you are looking at a general purpose desktop distribution prior to giving it a try.

Enjoy! Many of us have distributions along the margin where our information shows near our usernames. That usually prompts me what a lot of people are trying or using, so some of those might be helpful to look at.
 
Old 09-24-2015, 03:15 PM   #6
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Hello Corpliazon !
Welcome to LQ.I suppose curiosity brings you here.Like the gurus said distrowatch is the place to start and to know which apps will run in Linux try alternativeto.net site.
Have a good day...

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