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Beginners Guides: Linux Part 1: Getting Familiar

Beginners Guides: Linux Part 1: Getting Familiar - PCSTATS
Abstract: Since its creation in 1991 by Linus Torvalds to the present day, Linux has been half operating system and half symbol. PCSTATS introduces you to Linux in this, the first part of a 3-part series focusing on Linux.
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External Mfg. Website: PCSTATS Apr 21 2008   Mike Dowler  
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Linux KDE Desktop

The first major difference you need to be aware of is that icons on the KDE desktop activate with a single click, like links in Internet Explorer, so double-clicking will only get you two of whatever you wanted. Once you are used to this, we can explore the desktop.

The icons down the left hand side of the screen represent the trash bin (same as the windows recycling bin) and your floppy, CD and hard drives in a line.

You should have one hard disk icon for every separate hard disk partition (c:, d:, etc.) you have in Windows. 'hda' represents the first physical hard disk in your system, so 'hda1' will be the first partition on the first drive in your system, which should be your Windows C: drive. 'hda2' if present will be your second partition on the same drive and so on. 'hdb' represents the second physical hard disk, so 'hdb1' will be the first partition on that disk.

A single click on one of these icons will open a browser window into that drive. Open them all to familiarize yourself with where your files are located.

Plugging a removable USB drive into your system will cause another icon to appear after a few seconds. This should be 'sda1' and will allow you to access the files on the device. Very simple.

The 'K' button in the bottom left corner is equivalent to the Windows 'Start' button and opens up a menu with a host of applications. Take a quick look through to familiarize yourself with what is available.

The next thing to bring your attention to is the set of 4 numbered squares in the middle of the taskbar at the bottom of the screen. Each of these squares represents a unique 'virtual' iteration of the KDE desktop, allowing you to have different programs and windows open in each. Try it out by opening a program, then clicking on the number 2 square. You are back to a clean desktop again, while if you click on the number 1 square you will see the window for the program you had opened.

Knoppix can actually support up to 20 of these virtual desktops, which can be configured by right-clicking on the taskbar icon.

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Contents of Article: PCSTATS Beginners Guides
 Pg 1.  Beginners Guides: Linux Part 1: Getting Familiar
 Pg 2.  Is Linux is the same as Windows then?
 Pg 3.  — Linux KDE Desktop
 Pg 4.  Major Linux differences take 1: The file system
 Pg 5.  Various folders
 Pg 6.  Your 'home' Directory
 Pg 7.  Knoppix home directory
 Pg 8.  Setting up network connections with Knoppix Linux

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