GNU/Linux Desktop Survival Guide
by Graham Williams
20180528 The enjoyment of one's tools is an
essential ingredient of successful work.
Donald E. Knuth
Welcome to the world of GNU/Linux sharing the computing desktop experience with the freedom of open source. The freedom is the freedom to do as you want with the software we make available, with very few, and ideally no, restrictions.
The aim of this book is to quickly get you up to speed with GNU/Linux, and to deliver a fun and productive environment. GNU/Linux is a complete and mature operating system that can completely replace Microsoft's Windows on most computers, whilst the Linux Subsystem for Windows is a GNU/Linux subsystem running within Microsoft's Windows/10, providing the full GNU/Linux command line experience (and with some setup the graphical experience).
This book guides you through the many different regions of a GNU/Linux system with a focus on getting your desktop environment to do what you want it to do. It is comprehensive with basic support for the user who installs and maintains the system themselves (whether in the home, office, club, school, or enterprise). It provides insights and step-by-step procedures that deal with specific tasks in setting your system up and maintaining it.
The book covers many of the core features of a GNU/Linux system as a replacement for Microsoft's Windows or as a powerful extension to Windows 10. You will gain the knowledge to enjoy and use one of the most comprehensive and useful developments in the history of computing, as well as the most widely used operating system ever (noting that Android, for example, runs the Linux operating system).