Remember when you installed your very first Windows, added bells and whistles and then couldn’t see the wood for the trees any more and had to re-install??? Well, you’re in the same situation now: You’re a N00b again! Embrace it! 😇
I know right now you’re thinking: Why is this so much more difficult than Windows? Whereas in 6 months time, you’ll be like: Why can't I make Windows jump through fiery hoops like I do with Linux???
Windows has drives, Linux has a hierarchical file system
- has drives
- The C:-drive generally contains Windows and sometimes data
- The D:-drive (if present) contains data and hardly ever contains Windows itself.
- The maximum number of drives is 26 (A-Z)
- All drives that contain a known file system are always mounted automatically.
On the other hand, Linux has one huge file system:
- with an unlimited number of partitions (not disks, not drives!) ¹
- you can mount any partition of a disk anywhere in the file system! (Repeating that you cannot mount a disk, only a partition under Linux!)
- you can find the official documentation on the Linux File System Hierarchy Standard (FHS) in HTML / PDF / Text format here: FHS Homework assignment #1: read that! 😁
- No, really: read it!
- OK, you didn't read it; here's the FHS summary 😜
Huh? That sounds dumb! Why doesn't Linux mount partitions automatically??? That's because the Manjaro installer will manually mount only the absolute minimum number of partitions to get your system up and running! I.E. It will manually mount:
- / (always)
- /home (if you created such a partition)
- /boot/efi (If you have an UEFI system instead of a BIOS system)
and it will leave any other partitions alone to ensure you don’t mess them up! I.E. If you have a dual-boot system, Manjaro will not mount your Windows D: drive automatically!
If you want to have any other partitions available at every boot, you should read about fstab.
Linux has multiple GUIs
Linux has multiple file systems
Linux has multiple kernels
Linux doesn’t have a registry!
The terminal is your best friend!
This is how you install software in Linux
The Community side of Linux
Linux is a self-help OS
You're part of a community now!
What is this 'Upstream' and 'Downstream" business?
What’s the difference between BIOS and UEFI?
Other tips and tricks
Example codes should be here.
FHS The Official documentation by the Linux Foundation (Yeah: where Linus Torvalds lives) 😊