[xubuntu-users] Is there a list for *ABSOLUTE* beginners with Xubuntu?

David Walland davidwalland at googlemail.com
Tue Sep 10 08:17:05 UTC 2013

Dear Elfy,

Only to the extent of your reply giving me details of the UK UGs.  No-one
else seems to quite understand how difficult it is to work out how to get
*in* when you're *out*.  The latest oddments added to my question appear to
be written in "Outer Swahili" rather than even "Outer Mongolian" and appear
to have no relationship to beginners of whatever level.

As soon as I have finished my big DIY projects, I'll contact the UK user
groups to see if there's anyone prepared to mentor me for a while, locally.
 I'm neither stupid nor "past-it" and should be able, with face-to-face
discussions, to learn the necessary information to use X/Ubuntu fairly
rapidly.  This list has apparently mostly forgotten they had to learn the
information that I need, to *start* on the learning curve.  I learnt Danish
to fluency - to the point of being able to work directly with Danish
patients in the Oncology Department of a Danish hospital (Vejle Syghus, if
anyone wants to check).  If I can start learning a rule-free language like
Danish to fluency at age 40 (and at 66 and hearing impaired, I'm still
fluent), then the much simpler language of X/Ubuntu is going to be possible
if I can learn the fundamental "grammar" and basic structure.  Learning
Danish from a Danish wife was not enough. I had to move there and learn
from people while being immersed in it.  Now that's a lot harder than a
logical language like a computer language, so what I really need is someone
who'll help me get that basic structure and roughly what each part of it
does, so I can go on and learn from there.

Professionally, I was a University Radiation Protection specialist from lab
technician up to Radiation Protection Adviser.  I've written detailed
"Codes of Practice" and once I get there, I may be able to produce
documentation which deals with this very simple material for those who are
starting from around zero.  But first *I've* got to get off the start line
and so far I'm not really managing to do so...

Thanks for asking the question Elfy, only my warped sense of humour is
keeping my frustration from overflowing...



On 9 September 2013 23:12, Elfy <ub.untu at btinternet.com> wrote:

>  On 03/09/13 15:14, David Walland wrote:
> I went onto this list, hoping to learn from it but I'm *SUCH* a newbie
> with Linux/X/Ubuntu that it could mostly be written in Outer Mongolian
> without reducing the amount of meaning I get from it.
>  I'm 66 and have worked with computers on and off since 1964, so I'm no
> novice.  I was fairly expert on BBC Micros in the 1980s and was also
> programming in hex on the 6800 at that time.  Since the PC revolution, I've
> been just a user and I simply can't seem to get off first base with
> Xubuntu, which I have on a laptop so ancient it defaults to 1998 if the
> onboard battery fails (often).
>  It runs surprisingly quickly on an older version of Xubuntu (10.04).  I
> can use it for ordinary "user" things but can't manage to get Office Libre
> to load (it *downloaded* OK!) onto the machine and the error messages don't
> use words memorable enough for me to record them (they flash on screen and
> then disappear before I can do anything sensible!)
>  Is there any local group in the NE of England I could join for
> mentoring?  I really want to learn Linux/Ubuntu and run my XP machines on
> it from next year - all I need is some help to get me up to where I can
> learn alone.
>  Videos are no help as I'm hearing impaired from birth and can't
> concentrate on both hearing and grasping content at the same time.
>  Regards,
>  David Walland
> So - after a whole bunch of replies - some getting further and further
> into the intricacies of various issues - are you any the wiser David?
> Elfy
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