Re: The Trouble With Linux
Like this? Or this, or this? There's plenty of it, and when you can't find the help you're looking for in prewritten documents, there's the forums and mailing lists and IRC channels full of people more than willing to help you with specific problems.
Trying to learn this stuff is like moving to Zimbabwe and picking up the language. If Linux proponents really want to compete with Windows, someone needs to write some decent bridge material in real English.
Maybe because that's what you should do to transfer files? If that's too vague for and you can't figure out what exactly to do, what the next steps you should be, you can always ask further. Did you?
When people ask a sensible question like, "How do I transfer files between the Host and a VM Guest?" they get answers like "just install widget bubba with the thingamabob and configure it to meet your needs". Why do you do that?
Whenever someone levels a critique of Linux, the responses are usually one of the following:
This is just plain wrong. I've been on these forums for more than a year and I don't remember seeing this attitude even once. You may have seen it elsewhere; you won't see it here.
a. It's free ... what did you expect?
Did you? You're learning to use a new operating system. You should expect a few stumbling blocks at best.
b. Did you think it would be easy?
I don't see this given as an excuse for the shortcomings of Ubuntu / Linux here. We do have many people who think Microsoft products suck, along with many who are quite happy with them, but "Windows isn't any better" isn't really put forward as an excuse for Ubuntu's shortcomings.
You're wrong, we have people from all age groups.
This leads me to believe that most Linux users must be in the 7th grade.
It doesn't, obviously, and many people will take this as an offensive statement.
Which explains the documentation problem mentioned earlier.
It's not; averaging our endeavors solely to account for the criteria of the "average person", whoever they may be, will confine us to endless mediocrity, but in complete disregard of that fact, we have tens of thousands of non-technical users enjoying Ubuntu. Imagine yourself as an exception rather than a base for generalization for a moment.
Having the best system in the world is a useless accomplishment if the average person is unable to use it.
It's not too hard. Stick around, read some docs, ask questions (no matter how naive; they'll be welcome) and chances are you'll get it.
It doesn't have to be this hard.
Last edited by 23meg; August 17th, 2006 at 11:10 PM.
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