Linked by Eugenia Loli on Sat 17th Mar 2007 00:26 UTC
Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu During my 8 years of Linux on and off usage I have tried more distros than I have chocolate bars. Each one of my previous encounters meant that I had to spend at least 2 days configuring before I have a desktop that I was somewhat comfortable with. With Ubuntu Feisty Fawn's latest test beta --for the first time ever-- this was not the case. I was up and running with all the niceties I wanted within 2 hours.
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RE[2]: My experience with Feisty
by lemur2 on Sat 17th Mar 2007 11:20 UTC in reply to "RE: My experience with Feisty"
lemur2
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2007-02-17

{And what will you do when she needs to troubleshoot and repair Linux? Teach her the UNIX command line? How to calculate and add new modelines in xorg.conf? RTFM?

Linux may be easy as long as things just work but when things break or you need to do something that isn't covered by GUI tools the user is totally lost. And getting help with a highly complex system with such few users is not going to easy.

Convert people to Linux and you will probably be their computer tech for a very long time.}


Firstly, I would probably tell such a user to install an easy-to-use Linux in the first place. One built for newbies.

Then I would point them here:
http://www.pclinuxonline.com/wiki/HomePage

... and if they were having a problem with hardware setup, I would direct them here:
http://www.pclinuxonline.com/wiki/PclosControlCenter
... and then here ...
http://www.pclinuxonline.com/wiki/AddUpgradeHardware

... and if the problem was setting up X, I would point them here:
http://www.pclinuxonline.com/wiki/ChangeResolution

... and have them go nowhere near a command line.

If they were using SuSe, I would direct them to the GUI control-panel equivalent for video settings, which is part of yast.

If they had a Kubuntu system, well that isn't quite as friendly as many systems, as it really isn't for newbies. Nevertheless, I would direct them to this page:
http://www.kubuntu.org/docs/kquickguide/C/ch03s07.html
... then here ...
http://www.kubuntu.org/docs/kquickguide/C/ch03s07.html#sect-display

There is, I'm sure, a similar arrangement for Ubuntu.

Then they could still fix their video hardware problem without using a GUI.

It is a myth that you must use then command-line in Linux. It is less of a myth for Ubuntu systems than it is for some others, but it is still a myth.

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siki_miki Member since:
2006-01-17

If someone asks you to help them with screwed Windows system, usual answer will be reinstall application -or- reformat a hdd (in fact just reinstall the OS), or maybe use system restore and loose all settings with installed programs.

In Linux it means running package manager with some commands and backup/restore of home directory with possible creation of a new user.

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