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Old 03-08-2007, 09:04 PM   #16
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i'm a to linux, just installed slackware 11 less then a week ago, system setup has been horrible, but "titopoquito" has really been helping me out, once i can get the internet working properly i think things will settle down alot more.

My best friend as a child owned a mac so i first learnt how to work a mac. Then, my parents bought a windows based computer, i remember how confused i was with this new fangled machine, i remember hateing windows since i first started using it.....

I've been windows user for the past 10+ years, I've always been curious about linux, and countless blue screens of death made me wonder if there was something better, an alternative.

I heard about linux, but it wasn't until i got a major virus which wouldn't even let me boot up into safe mode to fix the problem. I had it with windows, and decided to take the plunge into the wonderful world of linux, and even though i feel totally overwhelmed once again with this whole new world to explore, it's exciting!

Once I learn to use linux and feel comefortable with it, I plan to help other fledglings in turn ^_^ maybe even convert a few people to linux by reformating their PC in the middle of the night hehehe

~!L O N G L I V E L I N U X!~

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Old 03-09-2007, 02:12 AM   #17
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Originally Posted by JimBass
Another thing that might help is if you use KDE, within Konqueror, click on windows and select "show terminal emulator". That will show you at the command line how to do everything you are doing graphically. There probably is a similar tool in Gnome, I just don't know what it is.
Ok, where is that in konqeror? Is there a tab named windows or is it a submenu? Can't find that feature in Mepis, not even in configuration.

Last edited by muddywaters; 03-09-2007 at 02:14 AM.
 
Old 03-09-2007, 03:54 AM   #18
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Originally Posted by custangro
That's a good point. I agree with you 100%. I know some people that are like "I am NEVER using Windows again...I'm replacing everything with (Insert other operating system here)" But they don't realize is that the more you know about a variety of thing...the better. Although I agree that Linux is better (IMO) and I prefer it; I don't think that Windows will go away. So as an IT person, you should have at least SOME knowledge in Windows (an yes this does mean using VISTA once in a while....wow...that left a bad taste in my mouth...)

-custangro
yes but for a 7 year old linux user like me testing an ms os can be very frustrating
i remember testing winxp when it first came out at my university and guess what!!!!
with my bad habit of openning 8 o 9 windows on linux, i crashed a newly installed winxp!!!

maybe we should go back to windows once a while to confirm that we linux users are still using quality os
 
Old 03-09-2007, 06:33 AM   #19
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I started using linux around 2 months ago. but since i am dual booting, i think the actual time spent with linux is about 1 month. I am comfortable doing somethings on linux, but for others, i have to go to windows. But i am hoping that in around 6 months time, i would be able to do most of my tasks in linux.

I have linux (Fedora 6) machines at my work place, so that should speed up the learning curve a bit..lol since there i do not have access to windows.
 
Old 03-09-2007, 08:28 AM   #20
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Didn't take long at all, but as others said it depends on the person and their repsective backgrounds with "puters".

I was trouble shooting at a client site the other day when someone asked me to help them with their Vista desktop. I was lost! A command I am used to running hundreds of times a day simply did not work.....ping, returned General Failure <-- hows that for a descriptive error message. I stood there dumbfounded.
 
Old 03-09-2007, 08:32 AM   #21
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I reckon at my present rate of learning, that I'll be a GNU/Linux Guru by the time I'm ninety.
 
Old 03-09-2007, 08:44 AM   #22
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Muddywaters wrote,
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Ok, where is that in konqeror? Is there a tab named windows or is it a submenu? Can't find that feature in Mepis, not even in configuration.
On mine I click on, "Window" in between "Settings" and "Help", and Show Terminal Emulator is 2nd from the bottom.

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Old 03-10-2007, 02:26 AM   #23
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Originally Posted by mkhan919
I started using linux around 2 months ago. but since i am dual booting, i think the actual time spent with linux is about 1 month. I am comfortable doing somethings on linux, but for others, i have to go to windows. But i am hoping that in around 6 months time, i would be able to do most of my tasks in linux.
That seems like a very reasonable goal. If you go back to my earlier post, you'll see that it took me about a whole year to completely switch, but that was back in 2002. Linux is becoming easier every year, and I don't think 6 months is bad at all. Hopefully it will take you less than 6 months, but if it takes more don't worry about it. Just enjoy the process.

I wish you the best of luck on your journey. There will be thrilling times and times you'll want to curse. But it's a bridge you'll never forget having crossed.
 
Old 03-10-2007, 03:06 AM   #24
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Check out the awesome tutorial:
LINUX: Rute User's Tutorial and Exposition

It can be downloaded from the web in PDF, or used interactively from several places on the web. This is as good as anything I have seen.

Bob
 
Old 03-10-2007, 05:11 AM   #25
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About a year and a half for me. It took me three months on and off to try and find the right distro. This took a while as I wanted something customizable that I could build really from the ground up. Once installed i took some time trying to find the right software to use. I had a long time switching between GNOME and XFCE. While I was doing this, I learned the basics of the command line.

My first and current distro is Debian, installed with the netinstall cd.
 
Old 03-10-2007, 06:05 PM   #26
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It depends on how deep you want to get into the guts of the Operating System. For all general life uses, it took me a couple months and then I knew I'd never go back. If you want to get into complex inner workings, it will take you longer to know what's going on and where.
 
Old 03-11-2007, 10:19 AM   #27
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Originally Posted by JimBass
On mine I click on, "Window" in between "Settings" and "Help", and Show Terminal Emulator is 2nd from the bottom.
There was no item labelled "Window" on my konqueror toolbar, but there is now.
For some reason konqueror in Mepis has a slimmed down configuration. A more traditional setup can be found in /usr/share/apps/konqueror/konqueror-orig.rc.
Looks like the packagers saved the old config for those who want it. Copying that file to my home directory solved the issue.

In linux all is possible
 
Old 03-11-2007, 11:10 AM   #28
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In linux all is possible
Yep, plain text configuration is a beautiful thing. Glad you were able to sort out that issue. I would have thought you were on some reality altering medication, I never thought somebody would remove standard elements from a config, but I've never seen Mepis.

Peace,
JimBass
 
  


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