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Old 11-10-2002, 03:04 PM   #1
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The painstaking process of post and wait...

I don't know if there's either a problem with my syntax or my understanding or what...

All I know is that I'm getting really frustrated with Redhat's easy to use, user friendly they say...but nothing I want to do seems to be working. Things that were easy on windows are impossible on Redhat. And I don't know if it's a problem with me or the many glitches that I've found already...

This learning process has been complicated by the fact that all I can do is post to message boards and wait for replies that are sometimes more confusing than the questions that I've posted...

I have what should be problems that are quick and easy to solve, all I need is someone willing to walk me through...

My AIM handle is there, my ICQ number is there...

I'm now begging for help. I'm a newbie, a bare-ass naked as the day I was born Linux Newbie. I don't understand anything...nada, zip, zero. People are referring to RPMs that supposedly came with my install that I can't find anywhere. Telling me that I don't have to download or change anything, that everything already works, but nothing does.

Will someone please give me a book to read, a website to go to...someplace that will provide me with even a minimum understanding of this supposedly easy-to-use operating system?

Will someone who knows what they're doing please add me to their instant messenger so that when I sit down to figure out this program I can get some quick answers...

Even if you're a newbie yourself and you don't know what you're doing...add me least then I won't feel so alone in this...

Printing, Chatting, MP3s, Mpgs....this is all I want to be able to do right now so that I can at least use my computer while figuring out this Operating System. Because right now, all I can do is surf the net and balance my checkbook. For everything else I've had to reboot into windows.

I've download programs, executed commands and still nothing happens. "Permisison Denied" "No appication is associated with this file"...

And if these programs that I've downloaded aren't really useful, how do I get them off my system? I don't know what I've screwed up and what I haven't. I've opened up a can of worms here that seem to be crawling all over the place. My computer is now in an uncontrollable state of chaos and mayhem.

All I want to do is use Redhat for everything I was using Windows for--so that I can eventually start using Redhat for the things that Windows won't do.

This should be simple but it's not.

I've got an operating system that does everything telling me that I can't do anything I want to do. I don't know what I'm doing wrong.

If everything in Windows was a double-click away and everything in Redhat is supposed to be simpler, how come when I ask for help I get commands that need to be executed through the terminal?

And if I have to go through terminal to execute these commands, how do I know when I should be doing it as root or as myself?

Will someone please give me a hand to hold, someone to listen to, someone to give me some quick answers to simple questions...

I want to give this OS a chance. I know it's better, I know it's easier. But so far all it's done is fight with me...

Old 11-10-2002, 03:13 PM   #2
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Unfortunately I am not big on IMs, or I would give it a shot. Of course the reason I am not big on IMs is because I was getting messages all the time and it got annoying. (Read grumpy old man.) That said I would suggest seeing if maybe there is a Linux User Group (LUG) in your area. As an example there are a great bunch of guys (and gals) in Northern Virginia who are very helpful to newbies. Sometimes sitting down face to face is just so much more satisfying.
Old 11-10-2002, 04:20 PM   #3
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go use a chat room then, once you've set up xchat of course... i spend a bit of time in #linuxhelp

may i also suggest that buy a book would do you the world of good, or download an online one like
Old 11-10-2002, 07:17 PM   #4
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I feel for ya, and I recieve IM's from time to time, and am willing to walk you, or anybody through anything.

That said, I am a newbie too. I can give you the most basic help, but beyond that, your guess (after understanding the basics and applying them) would probably be as good as mine. There is a tutorial worth trying out over at and you might wanna give that a run through, it places at least a pair of socks on your naked linux body

I am on almost all the time, but that doesn't mean I am near my computer, so if you IM me and I don't respond, that just means that I am not there, not that I don't want to help.

Anyway, my AOL screen-name that I made for helping the newbiest of newbies and for chatting with other LQers is MasterCLQ Isn't that original?

One more thing...

I don't run RH, only Mandrake (as far as RPM based distros go), so again my answers are going to be super basic and not very Distro specific, so you are going to have to find most of the answers on your own. My answers will be generic and super newbie typed.


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