An Alternative OS Primer

Lora Bentley

A common concern of those looking to migrate from Windows to Linux is training employees on the new system -- specially those who are less technically inclined. Change of any kind can be a challenge, but as ZDNet's Christopher Dawson points out, it's not impossible.


In a post geared toward the education environment user but just as applicable to "typewriter-bound" or otherwise technology-averse corporate staff, Dawson explains what an operating system is and how it works, careful to point out that matters little what operating system you use. They all work in much the same way. General navigation and some basic knowledge of applications are all we need to successfully run Windows, Linux, or even Macintosh computers.

Dawson explains that the most important applications will be ready to use as soon as a Linux-based machine is turned on, and that others can be added easily. A series of screenshots illustrates the differences in three desktop environments (Gnome, KDE, and Windows XP), and a brief discussion of -- as an alternative to Microsoft Office -- follow.


The post is the first in a series that Dawson says he hopes will be used as training documents for those making the transition to Linux. If that's your organization, give it a look.

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