[SATLUG] "Growing Linux" Thoughts

herb cee hc at lookcee.com
Wed Feb 27 15:56:01 CST 2008

Ernest De Leon wrote:
> Ubuntu is actually at the point where you do not NEED to use the CLI.
> Perhaps if you want to tweak certain things, you will use the CLI, but just
> like a windows box, the majority of users can use it without the CLI.  As a
> matter of fact, if you present it to new users without mentioning the CLI,
> they will be able to use it better.  Sometimes, mentioning and showing a new
> user the CLI will result in more problems than it's worth.  When I present
> Ubuntu to new users, I don't talk about the CLI at all.  I have yet to have
> an issue with that.

I agree Ernest, except I suspect you are working and viewing at a higher 
level ... Ubuntu - Breezy-Fiesty-Gutzy is the exact distro I have been 
using for 8mos now and I hope to convert my best friend and partner that 
lives in FL to Linux. We have been friends for 25yrs and I know she 
could not survive Ubuntu She is a very talented artist, well educated 
and damn smart. However, technical paradises her, she can barely deal 
with the frustration of Windows.

However, since I found that cheap source, I ordered several CDs of 
different distros and finally got rountuit, I was hurting to much to 
sleep last night from the cold front effects, damn these old bones and 
my ehhh- well-spent youth. To distract my head from pain domination I 
played with Puppy 3.01 and PCLinuxOS 2007 all night. I am later today 
ordering her all of the Puppy 3.01 variations to be sent to her. I 
believe she can work this very user friendly OS, but even so I intend to 
send her a help sheet just guiding her a bit more than the well 
organized help built in. I am sure she could not get by Ubuntu without 
lots of phone and chat time frustration. We use the puters to work in 
collaboration on art projects, so the conversion will be a live experience.

So there, you have exposed my hidden agenda, but I knew most would 
suspect anyway, I doubt that I would attempt this yet were it not for 
the existence of SATLUG, lol.

Thanks Ern
> Ernest
> On Wed, Feb 27, 2008 at 11:47 AM, herb cee <hc at lookcee.com> wrote:
>> I have been pondering, pontifically, into my 78th orbit but still
>> curious as a cat.
>> Observations:
>> 1. Most on this list will go out of the way and beyond the call of duty
>> to help a perfect stranger switch from Windows-any flavor to Linux-any
>> flavor.
>> 2. The biggest hurtle is learning how to use the CLI.
>> 3. A few distros are getting close to rarely requiring the use of the CLI.
>> 4. If the above is true, would it then be possible to compose a general
>> paper authored and offered by SATLUG on how to switch and get out of
>> DDDD (dreaded deep doo doo).
>> 5. What would be the simplest, shortest rules and instructions needed
>> that would serve in a large percent of Windows users transition?
>> My thoughts are scattered but I do have a few, partly covered in my
>> previous post "Questions about Questions".
>> Your thoughts please and I will volunteer to compile and pre-edit the
>> results.
>> tia
>> herb
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