Dont give up
I was reading through the newbie forum, and spotted some guy 'giving up' on Linux. While reading it, I thought about my recent experience with linux. I'm new to the system, the ideas, and the terminology. I have very little experience with hardware or anything remotely tricky. I know a dozen commands for msdos, and that gets me by just fine. I installed linux to play. To play with, to experiment, to learn. Sure, I wanted to be 'one of those guys that runs linux', but even more, I was curious. I was amazed at how easy it was to install, even for someone like me. Dualbooting, messing with partitions, I figured it out by reading the x86 installation guide, and in the process learned a little more, and what the heck x86 meant. I dont know anything about cylinders, and probably couldn't put in a new harddrive, but I managed to pull of something sort of tricky. It felt good. See? Linux can be easy. People ask me what I'm reading, and I'll proudly reply, "The Redhat Administration Primer". That's always met with blank looks. People say, "What is Linux?", and.. "Why?!". I use linux, because I know, one day, I'll be able to do ANYTHING. Anything, wow. I have manuals and FAQ's to read. Thousands of pages to digest, and study. Forums to watch constantly..
It won't be easy, but I'm learning along the way. Isn't that what its all about? Learning? How many of you are proud of what you know? Of what you've learned, of what you can do, and have learned to do by your own power.
My journey into linux hasn't been easy. I can't yet listen to mp3s or watch movies, nor have I successfully compiled a thing... But someday, I'll be running my own mail server, and have a beta version of a MUD running on some port that I chose myself.