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Most of you will have used Microsoft's Windows operating system, so it may be useful to illustrate some of the differences.
- Folders and Directories
In Windows and MacOS the places where files are stored are often
called folders. In the UNIX world these are called Directories, but
they are exactly the same.
- Forward and Backward slashes
In Windows the backslash ('') character is used as a separator,
whereas in Linux we use the forward slash '/' (as we do when quoting URLs).
- Graphics vs Terminal
In Windows most applications are run by clicking on the Start Menu or
a shortcut. In Linux we usually launch a ``terminal'' window, and
start programs by typing their name into the terminal.
- Drives vs Root Filesystem
In Windows each storage device (hard drive, CDROM drive, USB key etc.) is given a letter (e.g. 'C' is usually the primary drive). In Linux this is not the case, and the different storage devices just appear as different directories in the main filesystem.