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Old 03-29-2011, 06:01 PM   #1
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My name is Chrissie. I am new to Linux and I have lots of questions about the software. I want to know whether Linux operates just like Windows but more and in a safer way? I am looking forward to finding postings on the topic. I am glad I found this forum to help me out.

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Old 03-29-2011, 06:56 PM   #2
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Hi Chrissie and welcome to LQ,

Linux is an entirely different operating system than Windows. If by "operates just like" you mean you can have programs and windows on your screen, then I suppose the short answer is yes, but in reality Linux is a very different system. If you come to Linux expecting something like Windows, you will be disappointed.

In terms of security, well, security depends on the administrator of the system and the users on the system. It is possible to have a Windows system which is more secure than Linux, and vice-versa. It is true that Linux and accompanying programs are inherently less often a subject of computer based attacks due to its open source nature.

ps. For future reference, you should include a more descriptive subject in your posts.

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Hi Chrissie, Welcome to LQ

Although Linux has a similar interface to MS-W, it's not a drop in replacement, see That is to say, although you can certainly get your work/home stuff done, it cannot natively run MS apps. Instead, there are native Linux apps for almost anything you want eg
(If you absolutely must have a specific MS-Win app that you can't find a replacement for, there are various options, but let's leave that till later.)
All of this (Linux) is free to download and run with no restrictions on using or copying.

A good place to check for which version (distribution aka distro) is Almost anything in the top 10 in the Hit Page Ranking liston the right is worth a look.

For ex-MS users, I beliive current favourites are Ubuntu, mint, xubuntu.
You will definitely get other suggestions; it's highly subjective.

Also have a look here at LQ for the many many threads marked 'which is (best) linux distro for me'; it's probably the most popular qn.

Good luck


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