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Old 10-16-2004, 10:23 AM   #1
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Scepticism no more - I just might be converted


wow, who would have thought that linux would be so easy. well, ive only just scratched the surface but it sure does smell good. i have always had this vision of linux, a black screen with commands and nowhere to go unless you know how to get there. today i took the plunge and installed mandrake (yeah because i read it was the easiest one to learn on) and im really glad i did.

i was installing XP on another machine and it was so painful and time consuming after it crashed three times on me. i gave up and swapped the disk to a smaller one i had and installed it on that. all up it took me around 3 hours and nothing has been configured on it. no net, no printers, no lan, video, sound. you name it and it needs to be looked at.

on the other hand, i installed mandrake 10 on my machine and being my very first install it took me 30-40 min and here i am writing this pointless thread on my automatically configured cable connection along with everything else pretty much configured during the install. i mean, i ask you, is this legal? are we allowed to use an OS that is this user friendly? and if you want it to be complex it can be...

hmm, yeah, there isnt a point to this thread really. i just felt like expressing some of my goodwill to the masses.

another satisfied*



*i reserve the right to be frustrated and hate linux when i stuff something up and don know how to fix it
 
Old 10-16-2004, 10:31 AM   #2
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Good to see things are going well for you. Don't forget to spread the word and before you get too frustrated don't forget to stop by LQ - I'm sure somebody will be about to lend a hand.
 
Old 10-17-2004, 09:21 AM   #3
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First and foremost: Congratulations and welcome to the community! It's great, as I'm sure everyone else will agree, to hear success stories, especially when there's so much negativity about linux in some of these forums.
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*i reserve the right to be frustrated and hate linux when i stuff something up and don know how to fix it
As for that - just drop in and search then ask (In that order). I don't know how many times I've taken my system to the floor, only for it (the solution) to be available in a quick search that simply pointed to a mis-configured file. Bing-Bang-Boom problem solved. That's one thing that's great about Linux: Only you can screw it up. It doesn't automatically uninstall your drivers, reconfigure your desktop, or delete random things. Enjoy Mandrake, it's what I started with and what I'm currently running (though, I'm about to be a be reborn as a slacker as of tonight (cant wait)).
Cheers, Good Luck, and Welcome to LQ And Linux
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Old 10-17-2004, 09:43 AM   #4
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Yeah, Mandrake's hardware detection/auto-configuration is the best, IMHO, with Knoppix's coming in a close second.

Anyways, congrats and welcome.
 
Old 10-17-2004, 07:14 PM   #5
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thanks

I'm already getting my hands dirty and getting into Slack 10 for a machine I inherited just this weekend. I figure since that is on a seperate machine I can freely break it and fix it until my hearts content.

I also must say that I am extremely impressed at how helpful and nice the community is compared to others I have been a part of.
 
Old 10-17-2004, 08:09 PM   #6
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Re: Scepticism no more - I just might be converted

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Originally posted by cranky
well, ive only just scratched the surface but it sure does smell good.


*i reserve the right to be frustrated and hate linux when i stuff something up and don know how to fix it
My disk just smells like a CDROM...am I missing something?
 
Old 10-17-2004, 10:09 PM   #7
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Yes because of the beauty of Linux a group has now insituted the Linux Scrat'n'sniff project. This distro is unique inthat the medium it is installed with is actually a scratch'n'sniff CD and depending on where you scratch you will get different smells. So far they have Grape, Strawberry, Cherry, Vanilla, and choclate. Soon to come is coffe and butterscotch.

Check it out at http://www.scratchnsnifflinux.org

Its really amazing what you can do with linux. They also have the source code order number for the scratch'n'sniff stickers so you can use them on your own linux too.
 
Old 10-17-2004, 11:56 PM   #8
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Originally posted by cranky
thanks

I'm already getting my hands dirty and getting into Slack 10 for a machine I inherited just this weekend. I figure since that is on a seperate machine I can freely break it and fix it until my hearts content.

I also must say that I am extremely impressed at how helpful and nice the community is compared to others I have been a part of.
i bet that within the next two weeks, you will not be using mandrake anymore, but rather slackware or another distro.
 
Old 10-20-2004, 05:26 PM   #9
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Check it out at http://www.scratchnsnifflinux.org
I was all prepared to be awed........
 
Old 10-20-2004, 06:18 PM   #10
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lol Im sorry.
 
Old 10-20-2004, 06:55 PM   #11
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Originally posted by nuka_t
i bet that within the next two weeks, you will not be using mandrake anymore, but rather slackware or another distro.
You're wrong, only took me a week

oh yeah, I was dissapointed with the http://www.scratchnsnifflinux.org as well. Why would you raise my hopes so...
 
Old 10-20-2004, 08:35 PM   #12
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what are you using?
 
Old 10-20-2004, 10:11 PM   #13
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I've got Mandrake 10 on my main machine, Slack 10 on an older machine and I'm playing around with Knoppix 3.6.
 
  


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