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Old 12-26-2005, 01:11 PM   #1
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Windows Junkie

I go back and forth on Linux...I install different flavors on different machines, sometimes a desktop, sometimes a laptop and once or twice tried setting up a server...but I always end up getting too frustrated and go back to WindBlows...Good news is I have recently gotten the need for WindBlows to calm a bit and will soon be setting out on the quest of living without windows, "one day at a time".

I am fairly literate when it comes to computers...I do tech support for a living, but because I grew up in the WindBlows world, so many things like compiling, and RMPs, and KDE, and Xstart, and many other terms are foreign to me...

My next install will most likely be CentOS on a Dell CPxj laptop...Can a WindBlows Junkie get a little input here about how to get the monkey off my back?
Old 12-26-2005, 01:31 PM   #2
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My advice is to just be patient and try to not let yourself get too frustrated. The biggest danger coming from your tech support background would probably be to start thinking that something's not working because you have to do it differently than in windows. Just keep in mind that linux is different and has it's own way of doing things.

I have a bunch of bookmarked guides that I like to point people to, but since I'm at my mom's house for christmas I don't have access to those. Two that I can remember are rute and Getting started with linux. The first is a lot of information, and would be more of a reference to look things up, while the second is a walkthrough of some basics. There's a lot of other guides out there, so some googling will find some. Actually google will be your friend to find a lot of the answers to your questions. And of course don't be afraid to ask questions when you get stuck.
Old 12-26-2005, 07:21 PM   #3
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My advice is jump in and bite the bullet. Sure it's difficult to do something new but there's a first time for everything. Make sure you set it up to dual boot, and be ready to play with it, poke it and see. Set little tasks, like, can you install firefox today? can you play a movie file tomorrow? can you edit a document the day after? It's what I did, and I find myself using windows less and less.

Keep written notes on what you do to do things, like how to mount a partition or how to get wine running.

Of course, having a knowledgeable friend who knows linux inside out is an advantage. And don't forget the power of google and various linux forums.

Most importantly.... one day at a time... it takes patience. Think back to how overwhelming windows was when you first saw it.

Good luck!
Old 12-26-2005, 07:40 PM   #4
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I keep finding i have to remind myself that i didn't get the hang of windows in a couple of weeks, and therefore can't expect to get the hang of Linux within a couple of weeks.

I've found having an o'reilly guide on my desk permanently is invaluable. Any time i have a question, i check the book and/or google and i'm bound to get the answer.
Old 12-26-2005, 10:09 PM   #5
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Try sticking to one distro and learn the basics. When I was a newbie, I tried Mandrake, Debian, Redhat and Suse. I didn't get anywhere because I kept tinkering. I then decided to install and keep Mandrake and I learnt a lot of basics from it. Once I was comfortable with the basics, I then tried Suse once more and Redhat and I found things fairly easy. I have use Linux for just over 6 years now, but I keep learning a lot of cool stuff, so don't worry if you don't understand things right away, just perservere.
Old 12-26-2005, 10:37 PM   #6
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Yep. Pick one distro, an easy one like mandr*/suse/etc, and dual boot with windows and then just stick to it for a while. Use windows when you want and pick some tasks, like internet, and use linux. Once you get into the distro shuffle you know you are down the drain...
Old 12-26-2005, 11:21 PM   #7
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Dual Boot!!! Seriously, that's how I started. After approx. a year of putzing, and messing around(and 2 or 3 reinstalls because I screwed something up), I'm now using Linux exclusively, though I still have Windows installed.
Old 12-26-2005, 11:26 PM   #8
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I actually triple booted for quite a while. OS/2, RH and 95...OS/2 was for work stuff then, linux for the net, and windows for games.
Old 12-27-2005, 02:19 AM   #9
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For starters, stop distro hopping. Pick one and stick with it...
Old 12-27-2005, 02:39 PM   #10
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yeah... i did the whole dual boot thing a few times and just found myself slithering back to windows every time. the reason being was cos it took me too long to do something in linux and i knew how to do it faster in windows. i took the plunge unwillingly when i installed fedora core 1 and windows xp decided that it didn't want to work so i just gave up. ever since i've learned more and more not just about linux but about computers in general.

i'm sorry to say i'm at home now at my parents for xmas and having to use a windows machine. its the slowest most hard thing to use purely cos there aren't any keyboard shortcuts. looking back 2 years when i finally ditched windows seems like only yesterday but when i think about all the things i know now and didn't know then i'm glad i did.

do it. nothing makes you feel like a man like a linux console infront of you. lets be honest

Microsoft Windows XP [Version 5.1.2600]
(C) Copyright 1985-2001 Microsoft Corp.

C:\Documents and Settings\Compaq_Owner>

must make you feel slighly ashamed of the way the world is going??
Old 12-27-2005, 11:32 PM   #11
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Can a WindBlows Junkie get a little input here about how to get the monkey off my back?
Do not completely delete Windows until you are sure you should.
Use and configure your Linux system the way you want. Read threads here at LQ for ideas and advice you haven't even though about and try them.
One day you use Linux more than Windows and it is great.
I don't know if you would enjoy this or not, but I did a basic Linux from Scratch build to get an idea of what Linux was. It took a couple months from reading to download to doing. I have never regretted it.
Good Luck.

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