[Novalug] Why? And More4 to the Point, What Do I Do Next?
karhunhammas at Lserv.com
Sat Apr 12 11:04:04 EDT 2008
On Fri, 11 Apr 2008, William Bean wrote:
> [...] despite great eagerness to do so, I have yet to find a
> USEFUL 'kitchen-sink' Linux desktop (i.e comparable to Windows
OmigawddlemityDAMN. Something very strange is in the
woodwork here. I have nothing remotely comparable to your
experience -- and I've been well pleased with linux for ten
years and counting.
The first real computer I ever handled was at work; it
ran OS/2, and had true multi-tasking, with a decent GUI. I had to
be told, for instance, that you can pick up a mouse when it gets
to the limit of your reach or of the mouse pad.
I got the same old same old up to the eyeballs, and
retired soonest, in the fall of 1998, only to discover that in
order to buy a machine and walk out with it, I had to take W98 --
which I will go on cursing with my dying breath.
I bought RH 6.0, tried to learn it from a book, and never
even managed an install; got help with 7.2, and again to upgrade
to 8.0; and have taken it from there -- with lots of invaluable
help from this list and from gmane.linux.redhat.fedora.general
From 7.2 till last week -- with a minor exception for a
special purpose -- I have run linux *only*. It has gotten easier
and more likeable with every new release, not only of the whole
distributions, but of each app.
My initial problems were all of an ilk -- and yours
sound, afaict, like the flip side of that ilk. It was a question
of audience for those who gave answers.
I kept running into things I had to choose among, without
having a clue what they were, for lack of usable defaults; and
the copious explanations I got ran way over my head -- till the
explainers got used to what I didn't know.
It sounds to me, as to others here, like you've been
insisting on making choices which nowadays, blessed be the
developers!, you can better leave to a time when you've been
handling things a while. No doubt, too, the explanations --
written much more for the likes of me and less for the likes of
you -- often seem trivial: so you skip over them, *without*
noticing any unfamiliar details.
Relax, cool off, and wait for the full release of Fedora
9. Meanwhile, go to http://docs.fedoraproject.org/install-guide/
and wait for a link to Fedora 9 to appear.
When it does, read everything before doing anything.
Yes, I know, that's against all your instincts; hell,
it's against even mine, nowadays. But do it. It'll be more
interesting (and better written!) than you expect, and you'll get
THEN download a DVD, do the install *with* the defaults,
as others here advise; play with it a while; and then run pirut
to remove and replace what experience *of* *Fedora* tells you you
Beartooth Gerontoflatulocrat, Cantankerous Codger,
Not Quite Clueless Power User: Fedora 8; CentOS 5;
Ubuntu 7; Puppee; EeeDora; etc. Remember, I know
little (precious little!) of where up is.
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