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Updated: 8 June, 2023
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Getting Started
1. Introduction
2. Switching to GNU/Linux
3. Getting openSUSE
4. Installation
The Fundamentals
5. KDE Plasma Workspace
6. Apps for Common Tasks
7. Security and Root
8. Terminal
9. Admin. Settings (YaST)
10. Installing Software
11. Software Repositories
12. MS Windows Interop
13. Multimedia Codecs
14. Graphics Drivers
15. Wifi
A: Help and Docs
B: Games
C. Under the Hood
D. History and Background
E: Getting Involved
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2. Switching to GNU/Linux
Switching to a new and very different operating system is quite an endeavour - of course you don't have to switch entirely, nothing prevents you from using multiple operating systems - even on the same computer. This chapter describes some of the things to consider before venturing into the wonderful world of GNU/Linux.

2.1 Why use GNU/Linux?
There are many reasons why millions of people enjoy using GNU/Linux - they can be either of a technical, financial, ethical or philosophical nature depending on each person's personal views. Here's a list of some of the most common reasons for choosing GNU/Linux:
2.2 Challenges of switching
While there are many advantages of using GNU/Linux, it can also be challenging to switch to something new and different and less mainstream.
2.3 Strategy
Since switching is not always easy, here's some advise:
2.3.1 GNU/Linux Apps on MS Windows and Mac OSX
If you start using applications available for GNU/Linux in your familiar environment, switching later will be that much easier. These are some examples of gratis applications available for both GNU/Linux and MS Windows for common tasks - most of them are available for Mac OSX too.

Free software Non-free software
Firefox (Web Browser)
Thunderbird (E-mail Client)
SeaMonkey (Internet Application Suite)
Pidgin (Instant Messaging)
FileZilla (FTP Client)
qBittorent (Bittorrent Client)
QuteCom (VoIP)
Linphone (VoIP)
gPodder (Podcast Manager)
BlueGriffon (HTML Editor)
GIMP (Advanced Image Editing)
Inkscape (Vector Graphics)
Hugin (Panorama Photo Stitcher)
LibreOffice (Office Suite)
Scribus (Desktop Publishing)
GnuCash (Personal/small business accounting)
Abiword (Simple Word Processor)
FreeCAD (3D CAD)
LibreCAD (2D CAD)
Blender (3D Animation)
Calibre (E-book manager)
VLC (Media Player)
SMPlayer (Video Player)
Clementine (Audio Player)
Audacity (Audio Editing)
LMMS (Music Creation)
Kid3 (Music Tagger)
Marble (Desktop Globe)
Gramps (Genealogical Research/Family Tree)
KStars (Planetarium)
Stellarium (Planetarium)
Opera (Web Browser)
Google Chrome (Web Browser)
Skype (VoIP)
Google Earth (Maps)
Adobe Reader (PDF Reader)
Desura (Distribution service for games)
Draftsight (CAD)

Many of the KDE applications (see later chapters), are also available for MS Windows and Mac OSX - however they are in an early stage on those platforms. See:

On Mac OSX you can additionally install KDE applications and lots and lots of other free software via the MacPorts Project or Fink Project.

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