As a new user of a Linux/Unix type operating system, the task of getting started may seem overwhelming. Luckily it has never been easier to get started.
First choose a user-friendly Linux distribution with a large community (we provide some suggestions on our Linux Distros page) and set out on previewing or installing the system.
When choosing a distro, important questions to ask are
For more information:
Unix and Linux System Administration Handbook, available from NYIT online
The Virtual Box program will allow you to create a new virtual computer from your desktop without altering your existing system. This is a great way to experiment with Linux & Unix operating systems without making any permanent changes to your machine. Virtual Box is a free program available for the Windows, Mac, and Linux platforms.
Creating a Virtual Machine
Consult official Virtual Box documentation for more information.