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Hi, thanks for dropping in ! If you're having the devil of a time finding the right downloadable distro, installer, iso-decrypter, and transmogrifiers to simply install some version of Linux on your machine, this is probably the place for you, especially if we're talking an older machine already infected with Winblows, or maybe you want the dual-boot option.

To save newbies and past users from the stress and strain of finding and installing the right Linux distribution(s) and install procedure(s) for their machine, especially older machines.

Linux LQ is a wonderful enterprise, a lighthouse in the evil darkness of a fallen Microsux world, and I found many of the people there to be absolutely awesome in terms of their knowledge, skills, and willingness to help. However, it has matured to the point that it is mostly Greek, addressing subjects in Greek, that will only intimidate and discourage a newcomer or acolyte, who will sometimes feel in over their heads even in the "Newbies" forum.
This blog is for those people.
Posts entailing cryptic console commands, inscrutable acronyms, in-depth analyses and/or references to nebulous high-level aspects of Linux will be relegated to the forums for more experienced users. This will probably remain the smallest blog on LQ, and deliberately so, as I will pare and prune mercilessly. The objective here is to present a concise, focused outline of the (current) basic initial approach to getting Linux onboard, and I will attempt to keep it that way.
Linux, in some form and version, is THE operating system. Let us help you get onboard in short order.
----------------- DAN
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Posted 09-28-2016 at 07:58 AM by danrevell

Strange... most blogs are rife with clueless flamers, high-schoolers trying to sound like professors, actual professors droning on and on (off-topic), and even an occasional contribution of merit. I see that we have had several visitors here but no one leaving comments, contributions, or even off-topic drift. Hmmmmmmm.....
The first reason that springs to my paranoid mind is that which almost deterred me from starting this in the first place: a blog is worse than a waste of time when it is ineffectively addressing an unimportant issue.
You silent visitors can't all be Blog Police or keyboard-challenged... some of you I recognise as veritable Linux gods, and loquacious ones to boot. Have I employed irreducible complexity to create a blog no one can relate to except myself? Is no one else out there tired of wading through blog-swamps looking for simple answers to simple questions? What am I doing wrong here?
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    While I give you credit for your extensive vocabulary, language that is too long winded or flowery can be a turn-off and maybe that is what is dissuading people from responding. Having said that, even the long established and better quality blogs here don't see that much traffic, and get very little comment, so don't feel singled out by your lack of responses. It's just how it is here on LQ.

    Blogspace is already overflowing with articles of the navel gazing "what is the meaning of linux" type, whose sole purpose seems to be for the author to wax lyrical on some inane nonsense; you can clearly see examples of this from all the crap that gets posted to the 'syndicated linux news' sub-forum. A good start would be to avoid writing those sorts of posts.

    What I'm looking for in a blogpost is either an interesting story, an interesting technical discussion, hints or tips, or just something silly that entertains for a few minutes. As an example Rocket357's blog is one I usually enjoy reading.

    Anyway, 4 entries isn't really enough to get a blog established, so I wouldn't give up just yet... "If you build it, they will come!"

    I hope you found this useful. If not... well at least you got a response.
    Posted 10-01-2016 at 06:40 AM by GazL GazL is offline
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    A kind, genteel kick in the loquacity.


    Thank you very much, not just for taking the time to post but for being kind and diplomatic while pointing out a fatal flaw of mine... I am reminded all too often lately that I tend toward verbosity, whether speaking or writing. You are correct, and since I asked for the criticism I will accept it as gallantly as possible, and thank you again.
    Posted 10-01-2016 at 09:07 AM by danrevell danrevell is offline
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    BTW, those of you who have made it this far... this quest for a simple, easy return to Linux has evolved into quite some personal revelation. Apparently, the world has moved on in unexpected directions, and I am not nearly as well-equipped to deal with the new paradigm as I thought I was.
    Going Linux, especially for old stodgies like me, is going to entail a near-vertical learning curve and total abandonment of the MicroMentality. Buckle up, 'cause Kansas is going bye-bye.
    On the brighter side (if you, too, eschew challenge):
    I learned last night that anyone who even vaguely remembers their DOS will find that abhorrent command-line fixation of Linux to draw you into an environment that seems somehow familiar and comfortable! Some of the commands are identical, as is the overall syntax. What a relief !
    Here's the link to a well-written tutorial I downloaded in PDF format (free); it's as easy and straightforward as it gets, and is sure to take a lot of the Greek out of the Geek on LQ.
    Posted 10-01-2016 at 09:42 AM by danrevell danrevell is offline


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