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Linux® For Dummies®, 8th Edition by Richard Blum, Dee-Ann LeBlanc

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Tip #5: “I Think I’m in Linux, but I Don’t Know What to Do!”

Two different screens tend to cause panic to folks new to Linux. The first of these screens, shown in Figure 22-1, is in fact a sign that you installed the software and booted the machine successfully. Jump for joy! It’s just that you’re booting into the command-line environment rather than the GUI environment. If you reach a screen similar to the one shown in Figure 22-1, the computer is asking you to log in with the username for an account and a password that you created during the installation process.

Figure 22-1. A Linux command-line login prompt.

If you created only the root account, you can log in there as root.

After you enter the username and password, you find yourself at the screen shown in Figure 22-2, which just happens to be the second spot where people get worried. If you see this screen, you have not only booted properly into Linux, but you’re also logged in and using the machine! Give yourself a good pat on the back.

Figure 22-2. Logged in at the Linux command line.

What do you do from here? Anything you want. Surf through this book for commands you want to ...

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