Beginner Q1: Linux incapable of handling FDD? CONCLUDED

Thomas Blasejewicz thomas at
Mon Jan 18 15:32:17 UTC 2010

Amedee Van Gasse さんは書きました:
> I had to look up this word in a dictionary because I am not a native 
> speaker, but I think that the correct description for what you are doing 
> is "grovelling". It's a negative attitude that does not help you or 
> anyone else. I prefer to work towards a solution with a positive attitude.
> Conclusion: you jump to conclusions too fast.
> Give people a chance to help you. It's very bad for motivation if you 
> don't give people a chance, next time around they might not be so 
> willing to help you.
Yes, you are right, of course. I apologize for being so rude.
After living 30 years in Japan, where politeness is (rather "used bo 
be") a very serious issue, I should be more careful.
But, in my own defense:
I am trying to "get friendly" with Linux for over 2 years now. Have used 
5 different computers, 4 different monitors, about 10 different HDDs,
about 10 different "versions" (Ubuntu, Suse, Debian, Mandriva 
...installed using vaious combinations of hardware) and some money 
(bought a PC second hand exclusively for experimenting with Linux).
Over these 2+ years I spent more time and effort on my attempts to 
install the OS and get BASIC things (like for example reading a floppy) 
done with Linux,
than I spent over the past 25 years on ALL my computers, ALL OS, all 
installations, re-installations, repairs, tweaking etc. put together.
Currently, it seems I have finally succeeded in successfully installing 
the OS (Linux), but am still VERY far from being able to do anything 
productive or evey work (translation) with
a Linux based machine.
I am NOT a computer specialist and know admittedly very little about 
computer science, programming etc., but nevertheless could "find my way 
around" using MS products or Mac.
Again and again: I am NOT trying to tell anybody that those are 
better/preferrable or whatever over Linux.
The only reason why I keep this effort still up, is that I WANT(!!!) to 
get away from MS, but Linux definitely does NOT make this an easy task!!
In one book it says: "Linux simply works".
Well, that is NOT my experience!!!

So, after spending all this time and effort without "getting anywhere", 
but still being told "be patient" and "read the documentation" 
(thousands of pages!! spread all over the planet),
I cannot help it, but do tend to get a little frustrated/cranky ...

In the future I will try to be as polite as I can be.

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