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Old 09-24-2003, 12:37 PM   #1
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Still Linux is not for me!!!

Using Microsoft Windows for a long time... and becoming familiar with it, switching to Linux has made very difficult for me, and may be more new users like me, simply because all the name in Linux looks strange, things works different, and even simple task like configuring network, sound and video as well as installation and unistallation of programs.
What do you think? And how can newbies can tackle these problems? Although I read books on Linux and see related website and nowadays working on Linux still i don't feel friendly.
Old 09-24-2003, 12:56 PM   #2
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its just like anything else that is new to a have to get used to it...whether you like it or not, this is how it was when you started to use windows, cause i know you didn't know everything when you first started using windows, cause no one does know everything when they start using/doing something have to learn and thats that....this is the same concept with just don't look at it this way because your fluent with windows, and you migrate to linux and you expect things to be done relevantly the same, which is not the case for everything...
so all i can recommend is to practice and read....if you get stuck after trying and searching for answers for something, then you can come to a place like this and ask....which is also a learning process in itself..
Old 09-24-2003, 01:27 PM   #3
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m$ may run your home PC, but Linux runs the world
Old 09-24-2003, 02:50 PM   #4
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I wouldn't get rid of Linux yet. Sure, you may find that you get infuriated with it because you can't figure out how to do something because it is different to how Windows would do it, but that doesn't make it a bad, or even a hard OS, just a different one. I would keep something around - even if it is only a Linux-on-CD distro like Knoppix - so that when you're feeling a little bored you can have a fiddle and learn some more.

I still reckon that the best way to learn something is to be completely immersed in it - ie install Linux and remove Windows and just learn, learn and learn some more! However, I recognise that this isn't for everyone...

Just keep something kicking around to play with - if you don't take it too seriously, you won't get so infuriated when you can't figure something out.
Old 09-24-2003, 03:05 PM   #5
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Like someone else said, you just have to get used to it. I remember the shock that lasted for about 2 weeks when I first installed. Now a month and a half after first install I'm as comfortable in it as Windows. Just give it a fair amount of time before quitting. If you've given it a decent amount of time to get used to it and learn it and you still aren't comfortable/familiar with things than stick with Windows if that's what you are comfortable with

Old 09-24-2003, 03:20 PM   #6
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When I first installed Linux I couldn't understand why my IQ appeared to have dropped! Everything was really hard and I couldn't do anything. I hated it.

Now, I've had a fiddle with it and I love it. It's so much easier to use. I find the best way to learn is to do a few things, break it, panic, swear and then come here so someone can point out what I did wrong.

Seriously, stick with it. It is very rewarding the first time you do something you thought impossible. For instance, I updated KDE (using apt4rpm, a godsend) and had me a little swagger! Stick with it and the community, you'll be a guru in no time.
Old 09-24-2003, 05:46 PM   #7
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Originally posted by linux_nubee
m$ may run your home PC, but Linux runs the world
Yeppers, there are MORE Unix Servers running things than M$ servers. And this advantage will only get OUR favor, of course.
Old 09-24-2003, 07:43 PM   #8
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You banged it on the nut!!!

Thats why I never go on holiday oversea - everything just looks so complicated and strange, why should I try ? I'm on holiday after all! !
Old 09-24-2003, 08:39 PM   #9
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It all depends on how you use things. Someone who has never picked up a hammer is going to find out how difficult it can be to build a house.
If all you ever did is surf and play games on M$, actually having to configure the devices in Linux is just like learning a new job/language.
Personally, I think RH9 (Linux) is well put together. I cannot print in Windows ME because it won't recongize the USB drive. Linux told me I had a USB printer to use.
Remember what it is like trying to get something to work in M$? If you call M$ it is a device problem-call the device manufacturer (even though they had to buy the source code from M$). If you call the device manufacturer, it is a M$ problem.
At least with Linux, people help each other.
Old 09-25-2003, 12:20 AM   #10
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What i think you need is maybe just a break from linux. That's what i did. I ran linux for a bout a month, got sick of it, and went back to windows. After about another month or so, i uninstalled a disney game from window which, for no apparent reason totally ruined my windows partition. I wiped my system, reinstalled redhat 8 and never looked back. I've only been using linux since about june, but i've already tried a bunch of distros. Redhat 8, gentoo (which was a great learning experience although i could never get it to work right), suse (for a few days) and just today i installed Slackware and love it.

So take a holiday, but don't give up.


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