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Old 08-24-2006, 08:53 AM   #1
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I have no clue what i'm doing


Ok so i've been a windows user for the entire time i've ever used a computer i'm really good with computers and understand pretty much everything needed with windows but i've grown very bored with windows and want to try something new so i figured what the heck i've heard all this great stuff about Linux i'll try it now when I say I know nothing about Linux i mean i know nothing about Linux absolutely zero other then who created it and what its basic workings are but for how to install and what it has to offer i know nadda so pardon me if i ask a bunch of retarded questions and if there already posted could ya link me to that area

My first question is first of all what is the more user friendly and not to far indepth for now i just wanna see how it works and play around but i don't want to see basically the same thing as windows

no. 2 will all my games and programs i have still work on the linux OS because i play games alot and i need to have them work so if they won't then its a deal breaker already

no. 3 what kind of features does it have what makes it so much better then windows

anything else you guys think i should know would be of a great help to me thank you
 
Old 08-24-2006, 09:01 AM   #2
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Yep, these questions are answered here bazillon times. Surf around here and you'll see. For start you do not want an user-friendly distro. You want a newbie-friendly one. Use Knoppix LiveCD to get the feeling. And read this, it's good to know what you are dealing with: http://linux.oneandoneis2.org/LNW.htm
 
Old 08-24-2006, 09:10 AM   #3
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Great resource there! I especially liked the car/motorbike comparisons.
 
Old 08-24-2006, 09:14 AM   #4
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First follow link #2 in my signature and read what you find. I don't want you asking any retarded questions. After that, browse through this thread.
 
Old 08-24-2006, 12:44 PM   #5
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Good Advice

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Originally Posted by Arow
First follow link #2 in my signature and read what you find. I don't want you asking any retarded questions. After that, browse through this thread.
I too am clueless - but I have learned a few things.
(1) It is nearly impossible that I'm the first person that has ever had this question or had this problem before. Seek and ye shall find the pearls of wisdom provided to those who have come before me. That gives me the info I need and disguises my ignorance.
(2) Try to learn it or solve it yourself. I'm shocked by how much I learn this way.
(3) The last thing in the world this forum needs is YAWDT (Yet Another Which Distro Thread).

I have questions on how to do things all the time. Rarely has it been necessary to post a question on this forum.
 
Old 08-24-2006, 01:44 PM   #6
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Windows 95 thru XP are your basic workstation desktops. They were made for the person that just wants to use a computer for email, games, surfing the net. MS has tried to make these operating systems as idiot proof as possible.
MS also makes server operating system starting with NT thru whatever is now the latest and greatest.

Linux started out as server based operating system. Thru the years people have written desktops, games, graphical browsers, ... and posted them on the net for anybody to try, use or improve.
My answers to your questions:
1) Linux is not easier that Windows. It is more powerful and flexible. The Power and flexibility also by nature make it more complicated.

2)Freecell works just fine on Linux.

3) See answer to question 1.

Anything else: If you just want to play games stay with windows. But if your bored and want try Linux then learn to google, get a distro, oh heck just look at that link of Emerson's that great.
 
Old 08-24-2006, 02:21 PM   #7
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Quote:
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Windows 95 thru XP are your basic workstation desktops. They were made for the person that just wants to use a computer for email, games, surfing the net. MS has tried to make these operating systems as idiot proof as possible.
If you build something that is "idiot-proof" the world will breed new strains of idiots to find a way to screw it up. MS has done the computing public a HUGE disservice by making things that are foolproof MOST of the time. And the average user does not even know that they are being "dis-served"
Here's an irony: I find it easier to solve problems on Linux. Unfortunately, I also find more to solve.
 
Old 08-24-2006, 02:45 PM   #8
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MS has tried to make these operating systems as idiot proof as possible.
If you make something simple enough for an idiot to use, only an idiot will want to use it. (tcort)
 
  


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