The Experiences of a New Linux User Part I

Despite working in IT for so many years, for the most part, I’m a novice Linux user when it comes to personal use. At work most of our servers are Windows based, and the two Linux servers we had were something we didn’t mess around with much. All of my certs are in Microsoft and Networking.

Despite that, I’ve always loved the idea behind Linux. Some of that is my hatred of Windows, but more I like the…nerdiness of Linux. I fancy myself a nerd, so of course, something like Linux would catch my attention.

That being said, my interest in Linux waned for several years when I started in IT because I was just too busy to properly experiment.

With my return to the Linux side, I’ve learned several things. The first is that the installation of Linux is not as easy as it should be. Installing Windows is very simple, even if you’re installing on a clean hard drive.

My personal experience with Linux was hampered by the laptop I’m using for my Linux Box. Now this isn’t a Linux problem, but it was my experience. My Lenovo laptop does not allow anyone to boot from a USB key by default. In order to do this, you have enable legacy boot USB support from the BIOS, then reboot from the Restore menu of Windows 10. Otherwise there is no way to get to the boot menu and have it include the USB key that is plugged in.

Add on top of that, that only certain USB ports work on the laptop for the Boot menu to recognize, and the beginning of my new Linux experience was not a good one (again not at all Linux’ fault, but it is something that all Linux users might have to deal with).

Once I got passed my laptop’s lamentable boot experience, installing Ubuntu was easy, but I’m not sure it would be simple for someone who didn’t have experience with Linux in the past. Choosing to “Try Ubuntu” or “Use Ubuntu” isn’t as well explained as it should be. Especially for those who don’t know that Linux can be run off of the USB key itself.

The good news is that there are tons of guides online that are mostly excellent. It’s easy to find help if you don’t know what you’re doing.

I’ll talk about my Ubuntu App experience next time.