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    gomez alert
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    Complete newbies use Linux easily

    My wife is complely new to computing and is using Mandrake 8.2 with
    (relative) ease. Because she has not used Windows she thinks stuff like
    KMail is the norm and thinks it odd that other people have computers
    that crash. The kids have their own desktops and cannot trash my
    stuff and they do things with the Gimp that they could not do at school with
    Windows(school can't afford software). Amazing. It occured to me that
    a complete newbie would now probably be able to install Linux more
    easily than Windows 95.
    It should be in schools.

  2. #2

    Re:Complete newbies use Linux easily

    i must say, this is great to hear.
    good to see that anyone can easily use any product, wether its from microsoft or otherwise.
    congrats on your achievement and welcome to GLO

    Aalastair
    whatdoyougetwhenyoumultiplysixbynine??

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    JimH
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    Re:Complete newbies use Linux easily

    Quote Originally Posted by gomez alert
    My wife is complely new to computing and is using Mandrake 8.2 with
    (relative) ease. Because she has not used Windows she thinks stuff like
    KMail is the norm and thinks it odd that other people have computers
    that crash.
    I completely agree with that. I think inexperienced computer users would find the modern Linux distributions very easy to use. I think that is especially true when they are used to doing something one way in windows and them have to learn another way when they try Linux. I think it is much easier for some one to learn how to do something when they don't have to forget the things they already might have learned.

    Jim H

  4. #4

    Re:Complete newbies use Linux easily

    but o man, what a job windows does on you. i kinda wish i had ONLY used linux. i still have brainfarts where i think i am using windows and try to do windows like things. then i slap myself in the forehead. but seriously, windows is a poison

  5. #5
    Spot
    Guest

    Re:Complete newbies use Linux easily

    I just switched my mom's puter over to linux. It took me several hours to get everything setup, but it looked almost exactly like the winders98 she was using before. She used it for 2 days before I told her.

    If I hadn't told her, she'd have never known the difference.

    All her email worked(but with better filtering and no scripting), her Yahoo! Games worked...it was pretty much flawless. Now to try and get some of her cheezy majongg games working under wine...

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    Gybbyl
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    Re:Complete newbies use Linux easily

    i still have brainfarts where i think i am using windows and try to do windows like things. then i slap myself in the forehead. but seriously, windows is a poison
    I agree completely!!! I just converted from windows, and although i had 1 or 2 difficulties (hardware problems (windmodem and a USB keyboard)) on the installation, everything works like a dream! Im running Redhat 7.3 (want to get Slack or LFS, but my brain would probably explode) and i find the GUI easier, and the features more reliable and useful. There is so much "newbie-ish" crap in windows that i wanted to crap my pants! (f.o.s)

    LoL, i was almost addicted to Windows after 4 years of it 'poisoning' my mind, that i just had to install WINE, even if i didnt plan on using it. Heh.

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    farfrompuken
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    Re:Complete newbies use Linux easily

    Looking to swap my current laptop for an iBook. An alternative, as far as I see, is SuSE 8.2 personal. Could this somlve my windows phobia, or should I just go for Mac.

    Total beginner....

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    Re:Complete newbies use Linux easily

    Well, you can still run Linux on a Mac, so the choice is yours.
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  9. #9
    farfrompuken
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    Re:Complete newbies use Linux easily

    SkyNet;

    You have made my life so much clearer-not.

    Just someone answer my question: is Linux a better setup than Mac OsX?????

  10. #10

    Re:Complete newbies use Linux easily

    farfrompuken,

    Linux doesn't need people like you. Stick with OsX.
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    ATI Radeon 9600 Pro 128MB AGP
    Western Digital WDC WD2500JB-00FUA0 250GB 7200 rpm ATA/133
    Seagate ST3200822A 200GB 7200 rpm ATA/133
    Western Digital WDC WD1200BB-00CAA1 120GB 7200 rpm ATA/133
    Western Digital WDC WD800BB-00CAA1 80GB 7200 rpm ATA/133
    Maxtor OneTouch 2HA43R32 1TB 7200 rpm USB 2.0
    D-Link DFE-530TX+ 10/100 NIC
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