System Administration

Linux Assistant – tool to help you master Linux system administration

Are you a Linux sysadmin expert? If not, you probably need help with Linux system administration from time to time. Anything that makes Linux easier to use is always good news.

Linux Assistant is a helper tool that aims to guide you through your daily Linux usage. It performs a variety of system admin tasks.


We tested Linux Assistant with endeavourOS, an Arch-based Linux distro. There’s a binary package in the Arch User Repository (AUR), a community-driven repository.

In elementaryOS, we installed the software with the yay helper:

$ yay -S linux-assistant-bin

Installation with yay

We also tested the software with Ubuntu 24.04 LTS which was released yesterday.

If you’re running a non-Arch based distro, installation is just as easy as there are packages for Ubuntu/Debian, Fedora and openSUSE. There’s also a Flatpak available.

Linux Assistant first detects your Linux distro. It correctly identified we are using endeavourOS with the KDE Plasma desktop.

Distro checking

The fastest way to access Linux Assistant is with the ALT+Q keyboard shortcut which the utility offers to set up for you, but this isn’t mandatory.

Initial setup

Clicking “Let’s Start” performs a series of steps including browser selection, office selection, communication software, and whether or not to use manual or automatic configuration. The wizard then sets up your software and applies your software configuration.

Next page: Page 2 – In Operation and Summary

Pages in this article:
Page 1 – Introduction and Installation
Page 2 – In Operation and Summary

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1 month ago

This type of software is definitely a step in the right direction.

I get the feeling that some Linux distros actively discourage beginners by bamboozling the end-users. Keep it so complicated it’s as if it’s a badge of honor to use the distro. Arch is one example.

1 month ago
Reply to  Peter

Knowledge is power.