New users - possible problems
larryhartman50 at bellsouth.net
Fri Jan 5 22:43:39 GMT 2007
I am a fairly new user myself. I tried Linux three years ago (libra) and it
was very robust at the time, but completely overwhelming due to the things
that I had to learn all at once. Ubuntu/Kubuntu has made that learning curve
much more managable. I am not afraid to get my hands dirty with technology,
so I jumped right in and promptly, unintentionally, and inadvertantly
destroyed my MS partition! I wanted to run dual boot for a while, but was
forced by these events to take on Linux all at once. As a result, when I
introduced a friend on mine to Linux I was able to walk him through how to
install dual boot properly.
I spent lots of time on various forum pages getting gadgets and gizmos on my
laptop to function, and not only function, but function farely
transparent/automatically to me. Afterall I did not spend money on a
computer to serve it, but to have it serve me. I still have a ways to go,
but have learned enough to determine that Kubuntu is a keeper and I am once
again back to doing productive work with my computer.
I did note one difference between Dapper and Edgy that is subtle but
significant to new users. Edgy did do a better job at my hardware
recognition and setup, and as a result I had much less manual tweaking to do
with shells, scripts, and *.conf files. I can not speak much about other
distributions, but with Ubuntu, nearly all of the answers I needed was on the
Ubuntu/Kubuntu forums and WIKIs with a little digging. Perhaps a good early
lesson for new users is how to research topics on the forum and WIKI
Right now it would be very hard for me to return to MS after what I know about
the strategic directions MS is taking and with the quality of opensource
software that is available in Linux.
On Friday 05 January 2007 14:12, Michel wrote:
> On Friday 05 January 2007 14:12, Neil Winchurst wrote:
> > There has been some discussion recently about getting computer users off
> > Windows and on to Linux. I think that is a great idea. However I suggest
> > that some help and hand-holding will be required. Here are some thoughts
> > that I recently set down.
> > *************************************************************************
> >** *
> > Setting up Kubuntu Edgy.
> > There has been some chat recently about getting Windows users to migrate
> > to Linux with particular reference to Kubuntu. I have used Linux for
> > years I installed Edgy the day that it came out and I have been pleased
> > so far. It might be interesting to look at the changes and tweaks that I
> > have made so far. My point is that as it installed out of the box so to
> > speak, it was not yet ready for me. It worked, of course, but I had to
> > do quite a bit of customisation before I was happy with it. What will
> > people new to Linux think I wonder.
> a list of linux programs that can replace windows programs
> eg. nero == k3b
> m$ office == ooo
> Google: your number one source of not sounding retarded.
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