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Was posting this really needed? I mean, the whole thing comes down to:--
(1) A noob records his answers;
(2) Later he's not a noob;
(3) Google is your friend;
(4) MS is teh evil;
(5) Learning is fundamental.
Reading this article was a waste of time, and I bet so was writing it.
I wouldn't agree with you. It's nice to have such articles every now and then on tech sites. Spirituality is a nice thing.
Some people left to ask questions,
Some people wandered,
Some people stayed behind
Those that questioned found answers and grew up,
Those that wandered found a home and grew up,
Those that stayed asked the others how they grew up.
I know I where I am do you know were you are?
And in the beginning, there was the word. And they cried the word, for it was all they had and all they were. It was theirs and it was them, and the word was "RTFM".
Or something. Nice article. :>
google for the teachings of grand master foo ;-)
seriously though, microsoft is a company, not a demon. linux is an operating system, not a path to salvation. to draw direct parallels means you gotta really stretch stuff. cool idea, dont think it really works.
I agree. Completely useless drivel.
... why actually use your computer to get what you want to do done, when you can make getting your OS configured correctly a life-long zen journey...
What a complete waste of time.
First there is a story
then there is a WTF
then there is a yawn
Why does it bother you homos so much that this is posted.....who cares....don't read it.
An OS is just a tool, not a religion. Let us now all pray to Steve Jobs for forgiveness of this blasphemy.
Why does it bother you so much to read our responses, I'd say that's the real question.
Anybody looking for a program like this on Windows, check out Keynote. It's both free and open source:
Also, if you don't mind paying for software, a superior alternative exists called WinOrganizer:
This is the best of the 'outliner' programs that I have ever seen, and is one of the apps (amoung a few others) that keeps me on Windows - I use it religiously.
You mention that you recorded all the problems you ran into over this period of time and the solutions. I would think that such a collection of common problems, mistakes and misconceptions and their solutions would be very useful to some as a website. Have you considered cleaning up your notes and making them publicly available? The fact that they are chronological would give some people a unique look at someones venture into Linux (for so many developers who have forgotten what it is like to be a new user.)
Chaps, this thread is rather peculiar.
</Herr Flick mode>
and post your experiences somewhere...so you help us to avoid some mistakes..
How did this article make it onto OSNews? This is a story of someone learning to use Linux. There is nothing new, innovative or particularly interesting about this. The output of this persons "journey" has not even been linked to. This is a blog entry or has this site become OSStoryTime.com?
The notes please! As someone else has already stated, to developers this can be a godsend. Especially if they are chronological.
Hmmmmm, to say the least.
Beautiful and well written.
To the author, don't let the naysayers get to you. By the tone and nature of your article, I suspect you are by now above the ebb and flow of these pubescent idiots.
Anything that is worth learning requires commitment, reflection and discipline. Linux allows you to experience computing in very different terms if you are willing to travel down the road of self empowerment through careful learning.
i liked that article.
this guy just describes what everybody has experienced, but as i can see, some of us just don't want to remember it.
describing ms as "maya" is overkill, though.
Yes, definately clean those up, and make them public. I could seriously help alot of people, both users and developers.
> The Buddha said, "life is suffering." And this was BEFORE computers. He had no idea.
Computers solve only problems, which you wouldn't have without them.
I enjoyed the article. And it was something different than the usual news, so it was unexpected but a good read nonetheless.
...describing ms as "maya" is overkill, though.
Not for those of us for which it is not overkill.
I rather liked the article, though I agree that he needs to make the actual notes available too. The author is not the only one who attaches some spiritual significance to his journey into Linux. Computers are such a central and integral part of my life, work and play, that it seems impossible not to.
Nice, short article rehashing the always-important question: why?
If you want to find out if something is worth investing time/money/effort in, it is this question you should keep asking. In a kid-style manner, take the answer, and repeat the question for that. Then take the next answer, and re-ask. And so forth. The answers may not satisfy you, but help define your problem more clearly.
A friend of mine asked me some time ago to help with setting up some webpages (photo-album style), with a 'private area', and a 'split entrance' because he wanted to share the ISP account with somebody else. I had no problem in sinking some time in it, as long as I knew what for. So I asked him: Why? Why this? Why that? A couple of mails back and forth showed that he couldn't even explain what he wanted to archieve, why he wanted to do it. So I asked him to think about that, and contact me again when he knew. Nothing happened since, no webpages created. Should I feel sorry for not helping out here? I think not. I am glad to help somebody with the 'how' of a problem, or turn some answers into solutions, but the underlying 'why?' often looks like 'what should I do with my life?'. And that is really one question everybody should figure out for themselves.
It's interesting to note, that for many people it is really hard to think about that 'why?'. Why not switch to Linux, or *BSD, or by a Mac? (answer). Okay, why? (another answer). Okay, why is that a problem? With 0 time wasted on messing with distro choice or re-partitioning harddrives, people just find it too hard to think about why they want something. A major cause for the masses of clueless Windows-users, I think.
So the author states it was worth the effort to learn about Linux, because sticking with Microsoft offerings would have been worse. OK, but this may not be true for others. Secondly, assuming that this is the case for others, is an even bigger mistake. Never forget to ask about the why, the answer helps you fill in the 'how' for making somebody happy with your input.
So the author states it was worth the effort to learn about Linux, because sticking with Microsoft offerings would have been worse. OK, but this may not be true for others.
Well, as a friend of mine likes to say: "I don't like Windows. I like what I can RUN on Windows." It just doesn't get any more simple than that, does it?
i love it - he captures he almost ritualistic self flagellation of googling, maillisting, man-paging, HOWTOing, updating, recompiling, relinking, distro-agony...
at 3 years, all is wonder and colours are good
at 10 years, windows clicks and pops, as it should
at 15 years, his puter crashes and dies
can't email his girlfriend, cries
at 20, l33t master is he
windows no he does use, l1nux and bsd
then 30, jaded, tired of shaolin shadowboxin
wants to just email and browse and just stay in
days of ninja textedits and cobra-compiles are gone
playing tetris and frozen bubble, and phoning his mom
after divorse, death and therapy, renwed is his vision
thoughts shoot darts with precisions
no, not beos or macosX, no, no fashine
el maestro baile con un lisp machine
Lol I loved the article. I particularly like the parts about the 'ashram of google' and comparing linux and zen.
This article rocks, I love it.
PS: what is 'Maya'? I've never heard that term before except with reference to the 3D graphics program.
Great article. rofl
Yes, good article.
Hey tech_user, that's a very apt IP address you have there.
This was a freaking great article.
It would be neat to read those notes, though!
And I was up there, on the mountain. Everything so peacefull, and quiet, and there was just the wind blowing by my ears. And then I open my eyes and there is the Pinguin in front of me. I knee down in front of him, and say:"Hai!!! Master Tux, rekishi tzumaranai!!! But all he does is keeping his eyes closed and and whisper: Zeeeeen..... Then I wake up all of a sudden in front of my machine, and I'm thinking:"Sh*t, I ran out of p*t again!!!"
I suppose you were never a noob were you?
People have to start somewhere. As the great unwashed start to look at linux they will need to take a similar approach to the author.
Some early adopters hate to see the masses muscle in on their little partly.
If linux is going to be adopted the masses need to find an easy way up the 'mountain'
A refreshing change from the seemingly endless supply of 'Random Installer still needs work because it doesn't detect foo on my x-year-old laptop'.
that article freaked me out. as you regulars know, I always get called a linux zealot etc etc
but after reading that, I get a clear insight into the general populations view that linux users are all stinking hippies
I will repartion my drives after I type this and immediately install Windows XP, and send an apology email to Mr Gates telling him I will never stray again.
BTW - For the usual muppets with no sense of humour who hang around her... this whole post is sarcasm
I like tidlewinks!
I enjoyed reading it. At first it seemed like another newbie's experience with Linux. Then the zen bits came in and made it interesting. Thanks.
I loved this article, and the comments that followed were most amusing! Though the haters would have you believe differently, the article was excellent! The funny thing is how much it depicts my own my personal experience! Very well done! And one comment I found very funny, well two:
1) 'Say What?' by chris:
He start by, "How did this article make it onto OSNews?"...and then finishes with, "...has this site become OSStoryTime.com?" (I thought his comment was very funny)
2) 'excellent' by tech_user:
The poem, haiku, rhyme, or what ever, after his short comment was particularly amusing!
3) 'in the begining' by peragrin:
His haiku was also very interesting!!
So great article, and comments that followed just as good!
I liked it. It was a little relaxing, after having just struggled with postfix...and then stopped struggling...because I got a kernel panic and couldn't continue my ssh session. fun.
Great article, one of the sort I would never expect on this site. It points out a very valuable aspect of computers: they show you with blinding obviousness that the source of all your frustrations is actually between your ears...
Thanks for sharing.
The kind writer could makehis linux answers available to all?
I don't think you understood the article. Read it again. The mountain of Linux answers doesn't exist, because the answer is for you to climb the mountain, not read a story about it.
Once you do it all on your own, google the answers, solve the problems, etc. Then you will know the truth. That there really is no mountain, it was all in your head.
Was posting this really needed?
Yes it was. I was acutally move to tears by this text. The most beautiful thing I have read in a long time.
A big thanks to James for that.
oh wait, we just post from someone's blog now....
Nice article! Having a great deal of facination with Eastern philosophy myself, I found the article very "enlightening." I liken Linux to a Harley: if I have to explain, you wouldn't understand. Not sure why others didn't like the article. Some people are just hard to please.