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Good news! You woke up to find a shiny new computer waiting for you under the tree this year. Whether it’s a Windows PC, Mac, or Linux box, here’s a quick starter guide to getting it running on all cylinders.

Depending on whether the machine you got is Windows-, Mac-, or Linux-based, so just find the section that makes sense for you and get going.

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Linux tip: Many users are all too familiar with using Ctrl+Alt+Del (or, on a Mac, Cmd+Opt+Esc) to kill unresponsive processes. There isn’t a comparable keyboard shortcut for Linux by default, but a number of equivalent methods help deal with stuck processes.

The closest thing that mimics the Windows task manager in Ubuntu is the System Monitor application. Under the Processes tab, you can get all sorts of information on things that are currently running, including which programs might be stuck or using too much CPU. It also allows you to kill these processes by right-clicking on them. Notice that “stop” and “kill” process are two very different things—kill is most likely the command you want, being the equivalent of Windows’ “end task”.

There is no keyboard shortcut to open the System Monitor, but you can easily create one by going to System > Preferences > Keyboard Shortcuts and creating one for the command gnome-system-monitor. Just make sure you don’t use one that’s already in use by the system (such as Ctrl+Alt+Del—you could use that if you wanted to, but you’d have to disable it from its default action, Log Out).

System Monitor is, in our opinion, the easiest way to kill an unresponsive program, but there are a few other ways in Linux, most of them command line based (which is nice if you are stuck in a situation where you can’t use a GUI). Hit the link to brush up on your process-killing UNIX commands. If you’re new to Linux, it’s a great bit of info to learn.

[via Lifehacker]

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