New on kubuntu

Steven Vollom stevenvollom at
Mon Jul 13 19:44:28 UTC 2009

On Monday 13 July 2009 05:15:16 pm Derek Broughton wrote:
> Pastor JW wrote:
> >> Joel, I want to thank you for your effort in steering this new user in
> >> the right direction.  So many times I see the majority of
> >> experienced users of various distros blowing off new users.  We were
> >> all new users at one time or another and probably felt overwhelmed.
> >
> > Have to agree!  Most try to dump a new user into apt-get hell and then
> > berate the user for not understanding what he is doing. Synaptic is the
> > best first step and one can fool around with antique ways like apt when
> > he has more free
> > time and first has a little better understanding of the modern system.
> > This is the reason Kubuntu is not in greater use but Synaptic cures this
> > gap by providing a modern rather than the luddite style cli update tool.
> I beg to differ.  It's almost impossible to tell somebody how to use a GUI
> package manager (or any other GUI tool) in a text medium like this, if you
> have to do anything beyond the very basics.
> In fact, I'll argue that any GUI that isn't intuitively obvious (never mind
> that such apps shouldn't even exist) should be saved until the user "has a
> little better understanding of the modern system", and the older, simpler,
> ways will _give_ you that understanding.
> So explaining to people how to use aptitude _should_ be clearer and
> simpler. I'll keep doing it.
> --
> derek
As probably the most difficult person to teach, I agree with Derek, only I was 
taught sudo first then changed to kdesudo when instructed,  I have installed 
aptitude, but do not have the understanding of its differences..


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