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Linux for new users part 2 – Ubuntu

Second of a new series for those running Moodle on a linux server.

So, did you get your Ubuntu Desktop installed yet?

As I said, my choice would be to use Ubuntu for Moodle severs (for most beginners). And for now, using the Desktop version, not the Server version, is going to get you familiar with things.


Ubuntu has become recognised over recent years as the best choice for Desktop users new to linux, and it has an easy to use GUI (Graphic User Interface) that will feel a little bit like using Windows, macOS, or Chromium OS.

During installation you can choose between a standard and a minimal installation. Ubuntu 19.04 LTS comes with Firefox 59, Linux kernel 5, GNOME (Desktop) 3.32 and LibreOffice 6.0.3.

After installation is complete, a welcome wizard will start to guide you around the desktop.

The Ubuntu software center (which is based on GNOME Software) integrates the Snap store directly, and allows you to select which channel you would like to receive updates from (choose stable!)

Your task for this month is:

  • Familiarise yourself with the applications that are installed – are there any surprises? Things you’ve never heard of? Make a list, and spend 2 or 3 minutes reading about each one on the internet.

Next month we will start to look at the Command Line Interface (CLI) – but don’e worry, it’s not as scary as it sounds !

Stuart Mealor
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Stuart Mealor

Stuart is interested in all things e-learning, with specific interests in Moodle, e-learning strategy, and business development. His experience in education over 30 years, MBA in International Business, and knowledge of e-learning systems implementation, together with graphic design background, give him a unique skill set for e-learning projects.

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