[Linux4christians] notes from the front 2b
PBoyington at polyengineering.com
Mon Jun 27 14:47:40 EDT 2005
linux4christians-bounces at thelinuxlink.net wrote:
> I was pleased with the discussion my little post started.
me too, good job! I love it when people get involved.
> Allow me to point out I am not yet part of the Linux community, or at
> least not yet a permanent part
no, but you are making great strides.
> But I have not yet switched my main computer to linux.
oh but you will Norman... (*I wave hand over keyboard as I type*)
> I hope to but
> cannot until certain issues are resolved. I simply do not
> know enough
> to do this on my own. Nor do I have the time nor resources
> to resolve
> them alone.
which is where groups such as this will help.
> Perhaps in a month my time will open up, but my resources
> will not. It needs to be understood resources include money,
> access to
> knowledgeable people and fast internet connection for installing the
> various builds etc.
I believe you know how I feel about what distro you should use (if not Debian then something Debian based like Ubuntu).
> Another important issue: the group I hope to convert to Linux
> will not
> respond to being told "figure it out."
heh, no one does I guess.
> Remember in evangelism terms
> they are contacts, not even potential converts certainly not potential
> members, not yet anyway. Their first response is hesitation,
> they need
> to see Linux has viable, user friendly and understandable.
> Linux is not
> yet all those things. It is getting better but it is not there.
> I'm taking the opportunity presented by my laptop difficulties to
> reflect the challenges of a newcomer.
well, sort of. in my experience laptops (typically) are more difficult than desktops to configure due to specialized / proprietary hardware or software constraints. one such problem was older Compaqs requiring a software BIOS partition that people weren't familiar with. Wiping the drive to re-install Windows / Linux without paying any attention to this fact caused you to have a nice large paperweight that was also very nice for holding office doors open. (I received several of these years ago from a company I worked for when their IT department replaced them because they "were apparently eaten by a virus".)
> I have enough computer user
> background to sort it out
> myself,............................eventually. Others will not. My
> posts are meant to reflect the challengs facing an ordinary
> user trying
> linux for the first time. They are meant to be tools not salvos of
> Norman Prather
I can agree.
*sigh* I wish I had not missed all these posts. I guess I will have to wait for the next round...
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