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Old 10-26-2004, 10:22 AM   #16
allforcarrie
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Regular Users:
1. Why did you decide to try Linux?
2. How easily were to able to learn about Linux and what resources do you recommend to a beginner?
3. What distributions would you recommend?
4. What problems did you run into while converting to Linux?
5. What do you use your Linux system for?
6. Explain some of the benefits and drawbacks you have experienced since converting to Linux?
7. Would you recommend Linux to someone who has no interest in learning the command line?

1. I'm not a M$ fan....
2. It was basicly install and go for email and word processing. I havnt got as far as i would like to w/ mounting my other hard drive and listening to music....
5. just learing about linux
6. linux isnt as user friendly as windoze but support is easyer to find for linux
7. Shure, mandrake is agreat example of beginer linux. Fedora is another good example.

 
Old 10-28-2004, 04:59 PM   #17
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Quote:
Originally posted by allforcarrie
Regular Users:
1. Why did you decide to try Linux?
2. How easily were to able to learn about Linux and what resources do you recommend to a beginner?
3. What distributions would you recommend?
4. What problems did you run into while converting to Linux?
5. What do you use your Linux system for?
6. Explain some of the benefits and drawbacks you have experienced since converting to Linux?
7. Would you recommend Linux to someone who has no interest in learning the command line?

1.)
Much like the other folks here I was tired of all the viri etc..
Something new that seemed challenging, of course impressing the local
neighbors also never hurts.. :-)
2.)
An open mind. (no pun intended..) and a willingness to learn..
Three words.. Google -forums- usenet..
Most all of the questions a newb could have, have already been
answered.. (in most cases exactly.. in other cases.. very similar
circumstances..)
3.)
Personally I like SuSE.. at home..
For a beginner there are several good choices to get there feet wet..
Knoppix or another "Run from CD to check it out" Distro
(these are getting more poplular than ever now.. FreeBSD even has
one..:-) )
Lindows (now Linspire.. thanks to Bill Gates)
Mandrake (although I personally "still" don't like the French..:-) )
SuSE (my favorite.. )
Seriously.. Mandrake and SuSE have real easy to follow installers.. while
Linspire violiates the cardinal *NIX rule .. "never log in as root.. just su -"
and it costs more for the "Click 'N Run" service..
4.)
Haven't converted completely.. I still love to game.. and it also
keeps me up to speed with the Evil Empire..
As a matter of fact.. this silly Window box just locked up.. (at work.. sssshhhh)
5.)
We use RHEL3.0 at work for web hosting and the like...
home is mainly surfing and email.. everything I can do on a
Windows box except play games..
6.)
Learning curve is steep.. in some cases almost vertical.. but there
are many resources out there.. See Question 2
Benefits.. same as others have mentioned virus..etc
most of the major distros have easy patching .. easy that is if
you have broadband.. of course.. you are NOT usually
downloading a 200MB service pack either.. :-)
Security flaws are generally fixed with "Days" not "months"... the
key word here is "FIXED" not "PATCHED"..
Drawbacks.. there are many here also if you are coming exclusively
from a Windows world.. choosing the best app for what you are trying to
do can be a pain.. since there are so many many choices..
getting used to not having to reboot after you install an application.. :-)
7.)
You Bet.. one of the "Run from CD to check it out" Distros..
Several to choose from..
Then one of the ones like SuSE, Mandrake ..

Enjoyed this.. Sharing.. the spirit of OSS..

Last edited by thekat; 10-28-2004 at 05:01 PM.
 
Old 10-28-2004, 05:24 PM   #18
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Re: Seeking Newbies and Experts

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Originally posted by otheralex
Hello,

I'm writing an article designed at explaining to average computer users what Linux is and what they can gain from using it. I would like to find average users who can talk about their experiences switching to Linux as well as experts (admins, programmers, teachers, etc..) who are willing to answer a few questions for me.

I posted on this board about a week ago and was originally trying to only initiate email interviews, but Tinkster suggested I have people post their replies directly back to the board. I'm posting questions below that can be responded to on this board.

I would prefer to get names from whoever replies so I can quote you, so if you would like to keep it private feel free to send you reply to my yahoo mail account at: otheralex2 [at] yahoo [dot] com

Here are the questions. There are separate sets for average users and experts.


Regular Users:
1. Why did you decide to try Linux?
2. How easily were to able to learn about Linux and what resources do you recommend to a beginner?
3. What distributions would you recommend?
4. What problems did you run into while converting to Linux?
5. What do you use your Linux system for?
6. Explain some of the benefits and drawbacks you have experienced since converting to Linux?
7. Would you recommend Linux to someone who has no interest in learning the command line?

Experts:
1. In layman's terms, what makes Linux superior to Windows and MacOS?
2. How can an average computer user benefit from Linux?
3. How would you recommend a user with no previous Linux experience gets started?
4. What are some of the drawbacks of switching to Linux?
5. Would you recommend Linux to someone who has no interest in learning the command line?
6. Please include your qualifications as a knowledgeable Linux user.



Thank you for all of your help! -Alex
I wouldn't say I'm an Expert yet, but definatly a regular user

1. I know how expensive it is to buy windoze, and wanted a versitile system to run what I needed
2. I came to these messege boards as often as I could, either under windoze, or direct from linux (when I figured out how to get the internet working)
3. For a beginner, Mandrake, Red Hat/Fedora, Gentoo (what I'm currently using)
4. Games. That was the biggest problem. Luckly, all the games I play either have a linux client, or work in Cedega.
5. Everything from games, to home office. I need a new printer, but it's not hard to find one.
6. In the long run, I can't think of any drawbacks to what I'm using. I can customize my system, there is no limit to what it can and can't do, short of HTTP server, as my ISP doesn't let me.
7. Only if they want to try Red Hat or Mandrake. There GUI installers definatly make things easier for them to learn things.
 
Old 10-30-2004, 12:14 AM   #19
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Newb that can't get enough

Regular Users:
1. Why did you decide to try Linux?
2. How easily were to able to learn about Linux and what resources do you recommend to a beginner?
3. What distributions would you recommend?
4. What problems did you run into while converting to Linux?
5. What do you use your Linux system for?
6. Explain some of the benefits and drawbacks you have experienced since converting to Linux?
7. Would you recommend Linux to someone who has no interest in learning the command line?

1) I was tired of MS and I did not believe in how in the xp activation. I know it was to cut piracy but it was still a burden to those who was constantly upgrading their system.

2) I used many books and I use AIX at work so the transition was not that hard. I would recommend they check out Linuxquestions.org. Every time I have a problem someone is more than willing to giving a helping hand.

3) I would recommend using Red hat , fedora, or mandrake.

4) The only problem I faced was that it was hard understanding the file system but because of the people at linuxquestions.org I have felt like I have improved very much in the past 3 months.

5) I use linux for web hosting using apache, I also use it to browse the internet so I do not have to worry about pop ups. I use it mainly for the fact the freedom that comes with linux is outstanding. One who uses linux is no longer bound to just point and click, and blue screens of death.

6) Like I said in 5 you get a lot of advantages.
a) One is that you can modify the source to fit your needs.
b) I have found it nice to be able to come home and surf the web with out being killed with popups
c) it will help you learn the in's and out's of a pc better.

the drawbacks that I have seen are mainly with hardware and games. Since MS has had such a dominance in the market most gaming companies write games for microsoft and that also goes with hardware too.

7) Yes I would because they can still have a point and click world with linux.
 
  


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