an average computer user's getting started guide
|Linux, ready to use|
Linux comes ready to use 'out of the box'. All the programs you're likely to need are included with Linux: just click on the Firefox / Google Chrome icon and straight away you can access GGi, YouTube, Facebook, Gmail / Yahoo Mail, etc (internet connection needed, obviously!)
Likewise, LibreOffice is included so you can type a letter, or create a spreadsheet, without having to buy and install Microsoft Office. You can open and edit MS Office files and work created in LibreOffice can be opened / used in MS Office by saving it in MS Office format.
Want to watch a DVD or listen to a CD? VLC Player is there waiting for you to use. Want to edit music, images or videos? Yep, there's programs included. Want to open and read a .pdf document? Yes, a fast, lightweight .pdf reader is included. No further software downloads and installs needed.
Not only that but other programs you may want, such as Skype, are freely available from a repository (*safe* 'app store' of tried and tested programs) directly accessible through Linux.
Linux: try, install, use.
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