Linux Help Guide – Troubleshooting Linux With These Top 10 Questions and Answers from Bright Hub

Linux Support at Bright Hub – Most Common Lines of Questioning

As an editorial process, we have a social responsibility within the Linux Support field to meet the needs of the Linux community in answering the questions that are most frequently asked. In so doing we aim to deliver pertinent and relevant content that enables every level of Linux user to get the most out of their operating system – be it at the distribution, desktop environment, application, system configuration or security level.

In this regard, we get asked many question relating to Linux administration, system support and guidance. In the following article we have provided a brief outline of some of the most regular questions that get asked, with answers provided based on some of the exceptional articles we have in the Linux portfolio at Bright Hub. What follows is my take on the top 10 most common Linux support themes.

1. Getting Started With Linux – Where to Begin?

Sample Questions

I want to try Linux, but don’t know where to begin? / Is it possible to run Linux and Windows? / Can I simply copy over Windows by replacing it with Linux?

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2. Windows and Linux – Dual-Booting Windows and Linux

Sample Questions

I’m not sure about removing Windows and replacing it with Linux. What should I do? / Can I dual-boot Windows and Linux? / How do I dual-boot Windows and Linux?

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3. Introduction to Wubi – Its Primary Function and Install Process

Sample Questions

What is Wubi? / How do I use Wubi? / How do you install a distro with Wubi?

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4. Linux Performance Tweaks and Monitoring

Sample Questions

How can I monitor the memory usage of my Linux distro? / What can I do to boost the performance on my Linux OS? / How do I optimize Linux?

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5. Taking Linux Mobile – Portable, Bootable Linux

Sample Questions

Can I run Linux from a USB key? / What is the best way to get a portable version of Linux up and running for mobile use? / How do I create a bootable Linux OS?

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6. Hard Disk Management and SSD Performance

Sample Questions

What is the best way to partition a Linux install? / Can I manage a Linux hard drive configuration better than could be done with Windows? What are the benefits of an SSD running Linux?

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7. Connecting and Working with Email in Linux

Sample Questions

Is the Linux email client ‘Evolution’ worth using? / How do I optimize my Linux email accounts? / How can I use Google Gears with Linux email clients?

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8. Setting Up Swap Files and Organizing Multiple Swap Space

Sample Questions

I want to increase the swap space of my Linux configuration? / How do I create swap files in Linux? / How do I prioritize my swap devices?

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9. Recovering Data from Damaged Disks and Applying Kernal Patches

Sample Questions

My CD/DVD won’t read, can it be retrieved? / How do I recover the information from a damaged disk? / How do I tweak the mainline kernel of my Linux configuration?

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10. Installing Linux on a Netbook

Sample Questions

Is Linux good for Netbooks? / I don’t want Windows on my new netbook, what are my best options? / What is the best way to install Linux on a Netbook?

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Further information

Here at Bright Hub, we continue to bring you new information on Linux, how-tos and tutorials, and great Linux open source programs that are real opportunities to replace options you use in a Windows environment when you move to Linux. Keep checking the Linux channel to find new articles.