[ubuntu-uk] IT Idiots cover introducing Linux.

Robin Menneer robinmenneer at gmail.com
Mon Feb 5 12:09:42 GMT 2007

On 2/5/07, Alan Pope <alan at popey.com> wrote:
> On Mon, Feb 05, 2007 at 10:44:02AM +0000, Robin Menneer wrote:
> > Useless to me, a beginner.  Concepts  are too advanced and gappy in
> > presentation.  Nevertheless a well-intentioned try which should be
> > encouraged.
> >
> Ok, so what *would* be useful to you as a beginner?

Oh dear, where do I start ?

I've only had ubuntu a few months and am enjoying it more than I have any
other system.  I started with a Commodore Pet when it first came out as
being freedom from the main frame, and have kept away from Windows since it
Like many other retireds, I am involved in voluntary work which requires
little more than Open Office backed by a friendly file manager.   But we use
photos (you can see the direction we are going at www.cornishedges.com) and
find we can cope with iphoto (on the other machine), it's a brilliantly
simple and effective program.   Am looking for a ubuntu substitute for it
because I don't want to be tied to apple any more than I can help.  Gimp
(the newer version) looks promising but is much too complicated for my
greenhorn missus who does a lot with pictures.
 As with most other people, I want to expand my expertise but to limit the
demands on my skill to a drag-and-drop kind of application install, or a
double-click.  The ubuntu add-and-remove facility is brilliant, and t'would
be wonderful if all the proven applications (as bug-free as is reasonable)
could be obtained off the web using the add/remove for access to a
hierarchically arranged (and/or spot-lighted to 7 keyword description) list
of packages (all thousands of them ?).  A thickie-trapped procendure is
necessary.  Anything that requires the entry of code via the terminal is
out.  My brain is too addled and ancient to try to forget Fortran and DOS
and to use the terminal, tempting though it is.  I don't want to risk
chewing up the installation by  pressing the wrong key.
I gather that ubuntu is generally regarded as the entry point for linux - I
came in via Suse which I dumped when they got tied up with Novell, getting a
mac mini (I couldn't resist the price) in addition to my 6 year old PC
laptop.  Yet I get the impression that other versions of linux may be
superior.  I only want the best and must rely on the linux world to guide
me, not to confuse me  - which is what is happening now.
 Is the above any use as a start ?   I'm happy to help.  Regards, Robin

As part of the screencast project I am keen to know what beginners
> want/need. What do you feel you didn't know that you think
> you needed to?
> What was missing?
> Any input greatfully received.
> Cheers,
> Al.
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