[SATLUG] Re: "Growing Linux" Thoughts
hharadon at gmail.com
Thu Feb 28 12:23:02 CST 2008
DOH !! forgot to edit the subject
> Date: Wed, 27 Feb 2008 13:47:31 -0600
> From: herb cee <hc at lookcee.com>
> Subject: [SATLUG] "Growing Linux" Thoughts
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> I have been pondering, pontifically, into my 78th orbit but still
> curious as a cat.
> 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
> 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
Hi, I am especially interested in this topic as I am preparing
the Linux Newbie course, a part of the upcoming OS Fest (Mar.
19-22). My own ideas about Herb's post:
1. Satlug is a good resource, and I would like to include others
for the course, like these
tldp.org (linux doc project)
What about other STRONG sites for getting Linux help?
2. The CLI may be a problem for some users, but imho,
Linux is not for all, just those who want to learn how to use
it. Since when is manipulating a computer an easy task?
3. As a SOHO user, who came over from OS/2 in 1999, I
feel that most all distros can be used with little or no required
use of the CLI. Otherwise, I would/could not have made the
change. My distro selection method has been - can it find
and use my NIC? - then it passes. Any VGA, etc. problems
can somehow be solved.
4. Making the switch to Linux is what the Linux Newbie
course should address. I am hoping that other posters will give
me some good ideas about this.
5. Top-ten list of quick transition steps?
Please let me know your ideas.
Best regards, Howard
San Antonio, TX USA
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