Mr. Blue wrote:This stuff isn't trivial. Yes, there's a lot of talk about Linux being 'easy to use' and 'ready for the desktop'. While I have my own opinion on that, there is still the fact that Linux can be difficult to use. It's not just you. There are a whole lot of people in the same position. Including me. That's because all of this is "so hard".
Thanks for the words of "encouragement," Mr. Blue. I really wish it was working out better for me. I have given it a good try. And I've learned a lot. I keep thinking I'll plateau at a decent layman's level of mastery, but I end up spending an inordinate amount of time fiddling.
I do have to say I'd probably be a lot more satisfied if I hadn't been trying to network a Windows laptop and a Linux desktop. [Actually, I bought the laptop to put Linux on it, but after I started having problems with Linux I decided to hold off, and then eventually to forget about it.] Also if I had invested in a more uptodate machine. My processor is OK -- 1.6 Ghz Pentium -- but the motherboard was end of the line when the machine was put together , and I haven't been willing to do that either till I got comfortable with Linux.
Let me know how it goes.
Yes, back to the main business. Seems like something is wrong either with that floppy or the files. I got error messages and empty files using both of the methods you suggested, even with sudo. I'm gonna get them copied to a flash drive and see if XP on the laptop will read them. If not, I'll just have to go back down to the library and do that search again. The hard part is driving downtown and paying for parking. The actual search will take 15 minutes.
I'm guessing from your punctuation that you're in Britain. [I know, it's a guess. Lots of other places punctuate differently from us.] I guess the whole world is having a good laugh at us these days -- when they're not in a panic about what we've done to the global financial system. This particular problem was in the works before the current administration went to work, but it's level of incompetence about everything, even those things in which it has taken greatest pride, is astounding. It's not gonna be easy for the next guy, whoever it is.
We have our first presidential debate tonight. I sense more anticipation about it than I ever have about a presidential debate. And an amazing level of interest in the campaign since it got underway a year-and-a-half or two ago.
Way off the subject. It's just where my mind is right now. Where many minds here have been this week.
Have a great weekend, and thanks for your expert suggestions. [You say Linux can be a challenge for you, but you seem pretty expert to me.]