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Old 08-27-2004, 06:09 PM   #1
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Disenchanted with Linux


You know, I'm just a newbie to Linux. The Linux community is taking major steps to steer me away from it. I never seem to get any help, when people do respond to my questions, they're generally very rude and not much help. The answers I DO get to my questions are really formatted for experienced users and thus, no help at all. Is there maybe a users group that is willing to help out newbies or shall I just stick with windows?
 
Old 08-27-2004, 06:15 PM   #2
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is there anything specific you're refering to? if your having problems, could you point us to the threads? it's just my opinion, but, the linux, and bsd communities have been both helpful, and friendly. as for sticking w/windows, why stick to anything? i run windows, i run linux, and i run bsd.
 
Old 08-27-2004, 06:16 PM   #3
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haha, your going through the same thing i went through when i had just started. its a pain in the arse to start out, but once you get the basics down, the rest is cake.

post your question here man, lets see if we can help.
 
Old 08-27-2004, 06:19 PM   #4
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oh and to add another thing... these boards are kinda slow sometimes, so when your question doesnt get answered right away dont worry, its probably because all the knoloedgable people havent seen it. just make sure your question gets seen and its in THIS board, because this is one of the most populated ones. just have patience man, there are thousands of people trying to learn linux, dont worry well get to you!!

 
Old 08-27-2004, 06:23 PM   #5
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Ok well I appreciate the response! Now, where can I find a linux manual that is TO THE POINT? I read a lot of linux books but have never finished one because all the history and back story is immaterial and boring to me. For some reason I cannot read a book without reading the entire thing. So like interactive tutorials would be most appreciated because I believe it's best to learn by doing.
 
Old 08-27-2004, 06:25 PM   #6
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have a look at the links in this thread

http://www.linuxquestions.org/questi...hreadid=223223

good luck.

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Old 08-27-2004, 06:25 PM   #7
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Well, I understand where you are coming from Hawss, although you have to think of it this way. Some people don't really want to spend their time helping people in a minute, since they took __ amount of time to figure it out. A lot of people normally tell you to read things since it's sometimes a lot easier for the creator(s) to explain what is exactly expected out of whatever it is that you're trying to do. The more you read, "Experienced Documents." The more you continue to gear yourself more towards those anyway =) As Jengo said, the basics are pretty annoying but once you get the basics down... the rest IS cake.

If you ever have questions all you have to do is just ask really. Make sure you're in full detail, provide almost everything you can on your problem. I see a lot of problems going from, "Hey I need help my stuff won't work." To 328429342893289 pages worth one problem. I'd take the 3289483294238 pager since I'd most likely be able to...

1. Show them how they are incorrect, and correct them.
2. Show them different ways to approach problems things like this.
3. Ensure them that they are returned with an equal if not more amount of information on what happened. =)
4. Continue rambling on about a topic I just killed 5 minutes ago.

I'm sure that you'll over come this little hump, it's only a small one.
 
Old 08-27-2004, 06:29 PM   #8
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Originally posted by PEACEDOG
have a look at the links in this thread

http://www.linuxquestions.org/questi...hreadid=223223

good luck.


Ummm what?


Edit:
Now wait a minute, that wasn't there before? It quoted somthing entirely different that i never saw!

Edit again:

Yes I did see those, too much garbage not enough info. (for me anyway)

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Old 08-27-2004, 06:30 PM   #9
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well... the other day i seen "Fedora Core 2 for Dummies" at Barnes and Nobles. but i think it was like 30 dollars, it looked pretty good, they guid you through installation, maintinance, upgrading, program installation and all kinds of things you would normally do on FC2, you might want to go check your nearest banres and nobles
 
Old 08-27-2004, 06:32 PM   #10
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Once again, commercial texts are too full of immaterial crap for my taste, I need something that gets down to brass tacks
 
Old 08-27-2004, 06:35 PM   #11
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Yes I did see those, too much garbage not enough info. (for me anyway)
sorry you saw them that way, one of them actually had interactive tests, after the reading, for reinforcement. i thought that was pretty interesting. in any event if your looking for some down and dirty reading, info and commands, this is about the best thing i've seen or read.

http://www.icon.co.za/~psheer/book/index.html.gz

maybe that'll be what you're looking for.
good luck.
 
Old 08-27-2004, 06:36 PM   #12
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EDIT: lol... PEACEDOG beat me to the punch. I think the clock was rigged

There is always the perennial favorite: Rute User's Tutorial and Exposition

It immediately jumps into computing basics. You can buy a hard copy of it if you like, but the whole thing is available at the link provided. It's a hefty read.

Last edited by Dark_Helmet; 08-27-2004 at 06:37 PM.
 
Old 08-27-2004, 06:39 PM   #13
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Re: Disenchanted with Linux

Quote:
Originally posted by hawss
You know, I'm just a newbie to Linux. The Linux community is taking major steps to steer me away from it. I never seem to get any help, when people do respond to my questions, they're generally very rude and not much help.
Oh my gosh, this is my experience with IRC chat. You can't ask ANYTHING without being insulted and called a "n00b".

I've found LinuxQuestions pretty helpful, but I usually do a search for answers -- god forbid you ask something that's already been asked. Hoo boy.
 
Old 08-27-2004, 06:42 PM   #14
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You did better than me ShakyJake! The Fedora IRC room ignored me completely!
 
Old 08-27-2004, 06:44 PM   #15
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how can they insult someone for being a n00b? hell.. they are the ones using FC2....
 
  


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