LinuxQuestions.org
LinuxAnswers - the LQ Linux tutorial section.
Go Back   LinuxQuestions.org > Forums > Non-*NIX Forums > General
User Name
Password
General This forum is for non-technical general discussion which can include both Linux and non-Linux topics. Have fun!

Notices



Reply
 
Search this Thread
Old 06-03-2007, 06:26 AM   #31
brianL
LQ 5k Club
 
Registered: Jan 2006
Location: Oldham, Lancs, England
Distribution: Slackware & Slackware64 14.1
Posts: 7,135
Blog Entries: 52

Rep: Reputation: Disabled

He saw the light, but it's gone out now.
 
Old 06-03-2007, 09:18 AM   #32
PatrickMay16
Member
 
Registered: Apr 2005
Location: London, England.
Distribution: Ubuntu 7.04 "Feisty Fawn"
Posts: 55

Rep: Reputation: 16
Quote:
Originally Posted by Bob Singleton
Look, I was attracted to Linux, philosophically, until I got it. I recently made the jump from Windows to Fedora. Here's my problem.
I want my computer to center around my life and to serve me. I don't want to build my life and consume my time with the computer. I want a system that installs easily and completely for the common applications I want to use. I haven't seen it yet. Is there another distribution I should use?
It would be nice if there was a good solid distribution for a casual user. To you programmers and developers of Linux I say, don't keep Linux as a refuge for the geeks.
With respect,
user Bob
Have you tried ubuntu? That is as easy as it gets, I think. You can have a fully set up system within two hours, less if you've installed it before and know what to do.
 
Old 06-03-2007, 09:49 AM   #33
IndyGunFreak
Senior Member
 
Registered: Aug 2003
Location: Indpls
Distribution: Desktop- Debian Lenny, Laptops- Ubuntu 8.10, Debian Lenny UMPC- Ubuntu 8.10
Posts: 1,297

Rep: Reputation: 55
Quote:
Originally Posted by PatrickMay16
Have you tried ubuntu? That is as easy as it gets, I think. You can have a fully set up system within two hours, less if you've installed it before and know what to do.
If you want to stick with Fedora(a very good distro), here's an FAQ for Fedora 6. F7 was just released a couple days ago, so the FAQ hasn't been updated yet.

http://www.fedorafaq.org/

If there's someone out there that can't use Ubuntu, they're just not trying and as another poster suggested, they are lazy. I can setup Ubuntu to watch DVDs, and play almost any media file, in about 2min. Flash in about 3-4min.

Assuming you used the latest version of Ubuntu, and you follow the instructions below(ie, make sure you add the repositories)...

http://ubuntuguide.org/wiki/Ubuntu:Feisty

My guess though, is you're to lazy to read any of the links that have been posted, and want it all done for you.

IGF

Last edited by IndyGunFreak; 06-03-2007 at 09:52 AM.
 
Old 06-03-2007, 09:57 AM   #34
pixellany
LQ Veteran
 
Registered: Nov 2005
Location: Annapolis, MD
Distribution: Arch/XFCE
Posts: 17,802

Rep: Reputation: 729Reputation: 729Reputation: 729Reputation: 729Reputation: 729Reputation: 729Reputation: 729
Anyone notice that OP is long gone? This one fits a pattern---not likely to be seen here again.
 
Old 06-03-2007, 03:17 PM   #35
Bob Singleton
LQ Newbie
 
Registered: Apr 2007
Posts: 6

Original Poster
Rep: Reputation: 0
sparring??

There are always insults. There are a whole list of them as I look back through this thread. Look, I still support you all in what you are trying to do. I also see people on this WEB site and I saw people in an install fest meeting, where professionals are present to help, and they still have trouble getting some things working. Yes, the basic program sets up but they have trouble on lap tops or some application. They can't get adobe flash working or something. A lot of people can handle e-mail or type a memo but can't do all the common functions. I know intelligent guys, electrical engineers, etc. that just don't want to spend the time to struggle with Linux and if you are not wanting to learn it all that's what it is, a struggle. That doesn't mean I'm a troll or stupid or any of those things. Sorry guys, I'm just not buying into the idea that I am dumb or in the dark.
 
Old 06-03-2007, 03:51 PM   #36
pixellany
LQ Veteran
 
Registered: Nov 2005
Location: Annapolis, MD
Distribution: Arch/XFCE
Posts: 17,802

Rep: Reputation: 729Reputation: 729Reputation: 729Reputation: 729Reputation: 729Reputation: 729Reputation: 729
Bob;
I for one am glad to see you are still listening. I have not seen anyone insulting you--rather there have just been some fairly predictable reactions to the way you came across in your opening round.

How can we help? What specific issue are you dealing with, and what problems are you running into? We would all like to see you succeed in whatever you want to take on.
 
Old 06-07-2007, 09:32 AM   #37
alred
Member
 
Registered: Mar 2005
Location: singapore
Distribution: puppy and Ubuntu and ... erh ... redhat(sort of) :( ... + the venerable bsd and solaris ^_^
Posts: 658
Blog Entries: 8

Rep: Reputation: 31
>> "There are always insults. There are a whole list of them as I look back through this thread. Look, I still support you all in what you are trying to do. I also see people on this WEB site and I saw people in an install fest meeting, where professionals are present to help, and they still have trouble getting some things working. Yes, the basic program sets up but they have trouble on lap tops or some application. They can't get adobe flash working or something. A lot of people can handle e-mail or type a memo but can't do all the common functions. I know intelligent guys, electrical engineers, etc. that just don't want to spend the time to struggle with Linux and if you are not wanting to learn it all that's what it is, a struggle. That doesn't mean I'm a troll or stupid or any of those things. Sorry guys, I'm just not buying into the idea that I am dumb or in the dark."

look at post #28 ...

its just not possible that you cant do it while i can ... you cant go any lower than that , right ... ??


//dont worry ... your windows will not be killed(like mine) ...


.
 
Old 06-07-2007, 12:51 PM   #38
sn9ke_eyes
Member
 
Registered: Feb 2003
Location: Texas
Distribution: slackware 11
Posts: 90

Rep: Reputation: 15
Quote:
Originally Posted by Bob Singleton
There are always insults. There are a whole list of them as I look back through this thread. Look, I still support you all in what you are trying to do. I also see people on this WEB site and I saw people in an install fest meeting, where professionals are present to help, and they still have trouble getting some things working. Yes, the basic program sets up but they have trouble on lap tops or some application. They can't get adobe flash working or something. A lot of people can handle e-mail or type a memo but can't do all the common functions. I know intelligent guys, electrical engineers, etc. that just don't want to spend the time to struggle with Linux and if you are not wanting to learn it all that's what it is, a struggle. That doesn't mean I'm a troll or stupid or any of those things. Sorry guys, I'm just not buying into the idea that I am dumb or in the dark.
Bob I hope you keep trying. I want to re-iterate a few of points to you.

#1 - Nothing is trouble free, not Windows, not Mac, not Linux. If there was a trouble free, perfect solution then no body would use the other options. Use the option that best suits you. If you don't want to put the effort into Linux, then go with one of the other options. Most of us here feel like the effort for Linux is minimal compared to Mac or Microsoft. If you don't feel that way, it doesn't make you dumb, it means you have different ideas of what is worth it.

#2 - There are always going to be configurations where not everything works 100%. A lot of this is due to developers or manufacturers not having anything but Microsoft in mind. Still, you see these same type of anomalies on Windows as well.

#3 - You do seem interested in moving away from Microsoft, but you also seem to have a negative attitude like "Linux can't possibly work". This will doom you to failure before you even start.

#4 - There are plenty of people on this board, elderly, language challenged, and so on that manage to seek and find help. That doesn't make them smarter than you, it just means that they didn't give up.
 
Old 06-08-2007, 02:47 AM   #39
alred
Member
 
Registered: Mar 2005
Location: singapore
Distribution: puppy and Ubuntu and ... erh ... redhat(sort of) :( ... + the venerable bsd and solaris ^_^
Posts: 658
Blog Entries: 8

Rep: Reputation: 31
>> "... That doesn't mean I'm a troll or stupid or any of those things. Sorry guys, I'm just not buying into the idea that I am dumb or in the dark."

think twice before you self commenting yourself with that ...

its an irresponsible insult to some who are not like you ...


//think about it ... where can people like us stand if you are what you said about yourself ...



.

Last edited by alred; 06-08-2007 at 02:57 AM.
 
Old 06-08-2007, 07:17 AM   #40
muddywaters
Member
 
Registered: May 2005
Location: Winnipeg, Canada
Distribution: mostly mepis
Posts: 427

Rep: Reputation: 30
And the crystal ball predicts a similar thread from Bob coming to a mac forum near you...

Just kidding Bob, and good luck with Mac if you choose that route. At least hardware compatibility shouldn't be an issue. Keep in mind Mac and linux share some of the same issues with things like web content. This is unfortunately a windows world, those on other OS just live here. Some of us quite happily.
 
  


Reply

Tags
user


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
LXer: Gnu/linux? But you don't LOOK like a geek... LXer Syndicated Linux News 0 08-13-2006 09:03 AM
linux geek needed in chicago marytuesday Linux - Newbie 2 05-06-2005 07:30 PM
witch musik does a linux geek prefer? NL-Stitch General 47 04-08-2005 11:25 AM
Just a Girl-Geek, Learning Linux... avarweth LinuxQuestions.org Member Intro 9 11-11-2003 03:21 PM
linux and geek related t-shirts the anti-riced General 19 06-17-2003 03:21 AM


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 11:46 AM.

Main Menu
Advertisement
My LQ
Write for LQ
LinuxQuestions.org is looking for people interested in writing Editorials, Articles, Reviews, and more. If you'd like to contribute content, let us know.
Main Menu
Syndicate
RSS1  Latest Threads
RSS1  LQ News
Twitter: @linuxquestions
identi.ca: @linuxquestions
Facebook: linuxquestions Google+: linuxquestions
Open Source Consulting | Domain Registration