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Old 11-23-2006, 08:21 AM   #1
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Hello World

This is my first post!

I've been (ab)using Debian linux for a while, but mostly using MS Windows. I decided to see if I could use MSW a lot less and Linux a lot more, but so far I'm struggling.

Debain installs on all of my machines perfectly, but so much of the application software and libraries seem to be out of date. Trying to update them is (for me) next to impossible. Slackware (as recommended by a friend) would seem to be a better bet, but doesn't like the video card on any of my machines and refuses point blank to talk to the (on-board) sound card in the machine I most want to use linux on.

To be honest I find linux confusing, difficult and frankly not a rival for MSW at the moment. One of the biggest problems is that the 'linux crowd' make large assumptions that, certainly for me, do not hold true. I need to learn via A-B-C-D-E etc. Most of the time it seems asking a question meets with an A-D-E response, with B & C missed out because they're obvious!

So, I'm here in the hope I can find out how to solve all of the problems that at the moment are making linux such a nightmare to learn and use.

I don't like MS Windows, but it's what I've grown up with so to speak.

I took my first steps in computing on an Acorn Electron, migrated to a BBC Model B, then to Archimedes etc. I've used CPM, DOS & VMS. I first began using Windows around 1993. Between 1995 and 2001 I ran a computing business while teaching the MS Apps (to an advanced level) at evening classes.

So there you go. That's me.
Old 11-23-2006, 08:25 AM   #2
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Welcome. There are more newbie friendly distro's you might try. Being free, you can try different ones until you find one that is just right. SuSE may be the most xp like distro. Other newbie friendly distros include Ubuntu, Kubunto, and Mandriva. Also, check out all the free books and how-to's at the website.
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Old 11-25-2006, 08:51 AM   #4
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Originally Posted by jschiwal
Welcome. There are more newbie friendly distro's you might try.
Thanks. The site has already proved very useful as I've discovered PCLinuxOS which seems (so far) to be exactly what I want. The learning curve still seems incredibly steep for anything even remotely technical though. Your link to the documentation project was very useful as I'd not managed to stumble across it previously.

Thanks again.
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Old 11-25-2006, 10:29 PM   #6
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I like PCLinusOS, too!

I agree, PCLinuxos has been the best for me. And I am not insultiing any other distro, each one definitely has its merits. But if you aren't familiar w/command line instructions, PCLinux seems to make the transition smoother. I am no guru by any means, & look forward to learning more about the command line. I have tried other distros, but always come back to PCLinux. The same response seems to come from everyone who tries it coming from MS windows..."PCLinux just works!"

Don't give up on Linux. Keep working w/it. The more you work w/it the more you will love it.



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