Linux Basics

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This tutorial requires:

  • A computer that is not a Chromebook
  • 3GB of free space on your computer
  • ~10 minutes to download VirtualBox
  • ~30 minutes to download the virtual machine image

Welcome!

Thank goodness you’re here! I am Nuvi, an agent from the Secret Hub Headquarters (SHH). We just got word that someone might have hacked my computer. We need your help to find out what is going on. We’re afraid that our secret message might have been leaked!

A picture of Nuvi

An Operating System (OS) is a software that acts as an interface between you and your computer’s hardware. Every computer must have at least one OS to run other programs, like your browser!. The OS helps you to communicate with your computer without knowing how to speak the computer’s language.

Microsoft Windows is the OS you are probably most familiar with using at home. Another common one you may have seen is Apple macOS. Linux is yet another OS! It is widely preferred by developers for its versatility. There are many options out there, but today we will using a Linux-based OS, called Kali Linux. It is a popular OS among security experts and hackers!

The biggest differences between Windows, macOS, and Linux is what they are best at doing. Windows is perfect for multimedia and games! macOS falls somewhere between Windows and Linux. While it is also excellent for multimedia, it does not support all games. Linux is usually better for programming and hosting servers.

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