The year of the Linux Desktop (you too Ubuntu) is still a long way off.
Linux - NewbieThis Linux forum is for members that are new to Linux.
Just starting out and have a question?
If it is not in the man pages or the how-to's this is the place!
Welcome to LinuxQuestions.org, a friendly and active Linux Community.
You are currently viewing LQ as a guest. By joining our community you will have the ability to post topics, receive our newsletter, use the advanced search, subscribe to threads and access many other special features. Registration is quick, simple and absolutely free. Join our community today!
Note that registered members see fewer ads, and ContentLink is completely disabled once you log in.
If you have any problems with the registration process or your account login, please contact us. If you need to reset your password, click here.
Having a problem logging in? Please visit this page to clear all LQ-related cookies.
Introduction to Linux - A Hands on Guide
This guide was created as an overview of the Linux Operating System, geared toward new users as an exploration tour and getting started guide, with exercises at the end of each chapter.
For more advanced trainees it can be a desktop reference, and a collection of the base knowledge needed to proceed with system and network administration. This book contains many real life examples derived from the author's experience as a Linux system and network administrator, trainer and consultant. They hope these examples will help you to get a better understanding of the Linux system and that you feel encouraged to try out things on your own.
Click Here to receive this Complete Guide absolutely free.
Anything anyone one does within any computer operating system, requires less time and effort if one already knows how to do it. MS Windows is not easier than linux, if one only knows linux. Conversely, linux is not easier to use than Windows, if one knows Windows already;
And it's harder to pick up girls who don't charge money, but the ones who don't ask for money up front are also not continuously infected, and blabbing what you say in private all over the Internet.
As for the specific example noted, when browsing to said link I'm given two choices after selecting "open with" (at least with Firefox and Intrepid pretty much out of the box); 1) a list of applications (1 item long, i.e. totem-movie, no vlc), or 2) "other". The "other" option merely brings you a file browsing dialog where you can choose an executable of your liking. The problem is I don't (at least in theory) know which executable to choose, or where to find it. The benefit of some other desktop environments, or perhaps I should really say O/S's here, is that virtually all applications are known to the system and available for the suggesting in such cases.
Oh, and I do know how figure this out after three years:
but how would my wife, for example? How would my clients? And as noted earlier, sometimes the clever workaround can invite more trouble than solution.
Does this mean I win, you lose--linux sucks? No, it doesn't. It means I've experienced something that I'd like to raise as a possible point of frustration, and as an example of an overall trend in a new user's experience that PERHAPS can be solved with little or no detriment to the goals and performance of the Linux O/S.
As to some of the non-constructive comments:
Why bother? Why adopt the "love it or leave it" attitude--the how dare you mentality? If I'd called this thread "Why Linux Stinks" or "Why You Shouldn't Bother", then I'd agree that this would indeed be too provocative to be called anything like an attempt at open discussion.
Linux, Gnome, & KDE--like all things--depend on feedback and discussion to improve. So I'm trying to spark discussion. The "poisoning the well" comments, and "perfect OS" sarcasm are unwarranted, and clearly corrosive to open discussion.
About where to look to find executable.. /usr/bin
and if you dont like how the player works for a certain media file..you can change it by going into firefox preferences>applications and change it there