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Linux for Makers, 1st Edition by Aaron Newcomb

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Chapter 3. Using the Desktop

Although you don’t need the desktop to build projects with Linux on SBCs, I will cover it here, as it will most likely be the first thing a new user will interact with when they boot up for the first time. Some people will feel more comfortable using the graphical user interface (GUI), so I will discuss some of the things Linux can do that aren’t always obvious when you’re coming from Windows or Mac.

When to Use the Desktop?

Using the Linux desktop in and of itself will probably not help you build projects with SBCs unless you need to do something graphically on the desktop, like make a game or create a GUI to interact with your project. However, there are some reasons makers might want to use the desktop anyway. ...

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