[ubuntu-uk] IT Idiots cover introducing Linux.
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Mon Feb 5 13:10:40 GMT 2007
Robin Menneer wrote:
> On 2/5/07, *Alan Pope* <alan at popey.com <mailto: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 started.
> 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 <http://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.
yes gimp is too complex for beginners including me
> 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 think it is more the peak of distros! - (although I prefer Kubuntu).
It is a very popular choice - It expects just 'to work', with
humanity, with an excellent community, worldwide, etc.
My entry point was also suse, but I found I liked (k)ubuntu better.
> - 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.
Interesting impression. The way to find out is to use the many live
CDs of course.(see www.distrowatch.com).
> I only want the best
Ubuntu is the best.
> and must rely on the linux
> world to guide me
May I suggest you make decisions for yourself.
> not to confuse me - which is what is happening now.
then make your own opinions, there is a lot of hot air around.
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