Re: An open letter to new users from a previous new user. :)
Ditto to having some folks talk over my(our) head when they try to explain stuff. Now I know how others feel when I try to talk firearms or cars/trucks to them. LOL.
I understand it's easy to assume that others know what you know when you try to explain things to them but such is not the case most of the time. Many of us need "Baby Steps" in doing things with or to our computers. Even I need a basic approach and I've got a Tech Degree from DeVry and a CAD/Detailed Drafting Degree from TN. Tech AND I took an A+ Cert course a few years ago but I still need things explained to me in simple terms.
I too like a computer to do what I tell it, that's why I like Linux. Windows Op Systems always try to tell you how you're going to do it but with Linux you can go to Terminal and with a few simple commands you tell your computer what's going to take place.
For me Ubuntu 12.04LTS is about as easy as it gets for an Op System. Heck, I'll even go so far as to say that I like it better then OS X 10.3.9 that I used on my (now dead)iMac and I thought it was pretty intuitive but Ubuntu 12.04LTS is even more so. I don't understand why so many complain about Unity, I like it. Of course I've not used a Non-Unity version so I've got nothing to compare it to but for me having everything I need at my finger tips on the dock on the left of the screen is pretty nice IMHO.
Something else I really like about Linux is that it'll run on older, less expensive computers. Unlike Windows bloated Op System that needs tons of RAM and a ultra fast processor to make it work, Linux can run on any decent single core with a couple GB's of RAM. That means I can actually afford to buy a laptop or desktop for a couple hundred that'll actually work quite well using Linux. I'm diffidently sold on Linux, it'll be my Op System of choice from here on out. Anyway, that's my 2 cents worth.
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