[Novalug] Linux For Beginners
macoafi at gmail.com
Sat Nov 29 22:26:46 EST 2008
On Sat, 2008-11-29 at 22:04 -0500, Ken Kauffman wrote:
> Essentially two schools of thought:
> 1) make it easy and work your way into it
> 2) jump head first in
> I used Fedora (then Redhat) at first and found that I could do the
> productivity work that I wanted to do. However, the advanced geekdom
> eluded me despite my general ability to learn techstuff(tm) quickly.
> Once I forced myself to install (including bootstrap) Gentoo linux, I
> learned much much (much) more than ever.
Heh, I was intending a dual-boot when I started. Didn't know about
Release Notes at the time, so I wasn't aware that Ubuntu 6.06's
partitioner was broken and would destroy NTFS on resize. Oops. So I
ended up with an all-Ubuntu system by accident, and that was my version
of "head first." I didn't know there were kernels available optimized
for different hardware, so I recompiled my kernel 2 weeks in to get
All the people here who've been using Linux for 10 years would find it
silly, I guess, but even 2 years in, I can say it's gotten a LOT easier.
I don't think I want to know what it was like 10 years ago. Those 2
months I spent trying to figure out my mp3 player? Turned out libmtp
didn't exist yet.
6.06 seems so outdated and not-so-friendly now.
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