Corvus wrote:Another newbie here and I have a question: What do you get when you "learn" linux? My usage is pretty simple: Internet, email, read/write documents, and the occasional music/movies. I've been spending lot of time tweaking things and customizing the desktop to suit my taste, but should I even bother learning about using the terminal and what not if my usage is limited to simple tasks? As much as I would love to learn more about Linux, my time is limited and would rather spend more time learning Wordpress.
To put it in a nutshell, there is no real reason to learn about Linux.
As long as your hardware is compatible with it.
Some people just want a computer, like a TV: To work.
And have better things to do than putter with 'puters.
Linux has reached the stage where it basically 'just works'.
The lil lady who has no great love for techie things likes Linux because it has everything she needs: Firefox and LibreOffice and all work fine, while she never has to worry about getting infected visiting a recipe site, like on Win.
For me Mint (LMDE) is a toy to play with, and half the time I live out of rooted terminals putzing with compilers and website admin programs.
Win also has alot of command line power, but nothing approaching Linux. Its a matter of *really* being in control of a medium that in Win format is trying to control me. Here *I* win.
When doing this in their Linux equivalents of Word docs, or spreadsheets, or powerpoint presentations - if you have problems with M$ there is only a money sucking support scam to help you out. Here there is an entire community, of planetary breadth, willing to assist.
Linux is a philosophy of co-operation : plain and simple. unneeded by most, but still very real and very present.
We do not want your money.
Yet, my main tip for a Newbie is ALWAYS keep a win machine up and working. Some very useful apps may not be available in Linux, though a surprising abount of Win utils will work fine in Wine.