Originally Posted by Karl Schrader
Since the idea was to avoid paying Microsoft another couple of 100 bucks for a new Windows program, it should be possible to make this one work smoothly, otherwise, the idea is great but the implementation is rather complicated compared to Windows.
Karl, you have to give yourself time to learn some things, and to UNlearn some others. You couldn't do everything when you first started with Windows - I would guess you've spent YEARS learning Windows, but it was all you knew, so you just kept at it.
You can't expect to just jump in and be at the same level of knowledge with Linux. There's some learning to do. I'm just starting myself, and I don't expect to be proficient right away. However, I've done enough research to know that Linux is a better way (for a number of reasons, some technical, some economic), so I'm committed to the discipline of learning it.
I've often noticed that with computers, whatever we learn first seems to be "the right way" to us forever after. If we learn spreadsheets on Lotus, and then try Excel, we think Excel is stupid because it's different. If we learn on Excel, then try Lotus, the same thing. What we learn first seems right. It's a natural reaction. I've seen it in other people, I've caught myself doing it.
But really, we need to discipline ourselves to learn the new way, get comfortable with it, THEN decide which way we like best. The way we already know will almost always be easier, even if it's not a better way.
Keep at it!