- I actually wanted to just say to the original poster
- --but instead gave an explanation of why Linux is just fine in most cases..
Your experience is close to mine. I started messing with it around 2002(?). Like you, I felt that it was only marginally useful back then.linux_bug wrote:I am tinkering with Linux from 2000 or so, that time "Caldera" released their first working version of linux then(May be I don't remember that it was not their first release I got first CD of any other OS than 'windows'. It came with a magazine called 'developerIQ'). I have been trying linux since then. Waiting for it to become usable.
I am hopeful & looking forward.
I agree with you. Until Windows 7 I could find my way easily around Windows. But Microsoft's latest offfering Windows 8 (and now 8.1) is a mess. Try to find the Control Panel. If I hadn't read up before upgrading at release (was only 30€ back then) I would have had a hard time finding it. (Rightclicking on the Start "Menu" button or Windows + X). And more of that stuff. Wireless network settings? It's hidden in a panel that by default is hidden as well. Way to go Microsoft.baldrick.777 wrote:Hmmm, it seems to me that the OP has been absorbed into the way of windows.
From my experience, these are the ones who find the transition to Linux most difficult. I understand their frustration. I started with Ubuntu 8.10, moved to openSuse then moved quickly back to Ubuntu and only lately settling on Mint. As a competant Windows user, I gave up on Linux several times because it was 'too hard'. Now? Well, we use only Mint on our Home Laptops, and as much as possible at work. My wife, who was used to Windows for several years, found Linux difficult initially but now wouldn't change a thing. Both of us are average users with no programming experience.
I would encourage the OP to take a step back, take a deep breath and look at this objectively...
[*]How long did it take me to not only learn Windows, but get used to it?
It would have taken a while for most of us to learn Microsoft's 'logical' way of doing things initially.
[*]Why should I expect that learning about Linux wont take as long? After all, it is a completely different OS.
For the most part, Linux will do most things that a Windows OS does - just differently. There is a certain amount of un-learning Windows in order to learn Linux.
To prove my point, take a new user of Linux who has either never used a Windows OS, or has seldomly used a Windows OS. When they are introduced to, say Linux Mint, they pick it up almost automatically. Why is this? Well, its my contention, that the logic behind Linux is the same logic we as humans have. For instance: I do this, I expect this to happen, and it does. Whereas with those ingrained with Microsoft's logic, the learning curve to Linux is steeper. They are used to Microsoft's illogical (I do this, but this happens) way of doing things.
To the OP, the longer you hang in with linux, the more open-minded you are to return to your logical roots, the more you will want to come back to Linux - because it just makes sense.
Sure, if you don't want to hang around, that's up to you. No one is forcing you to use Linux. It's about choice - yours.
Hope this helps.
All the best!
I have found that most elderly people I have installed Linux for, in particular Mint, have taken to it like a duck to water. All have told me they are happy with it.SandsOfArrakis wrote: I'll let him play with a Mint live DVD. Pretty sure that he'll find it much easier to use than his new Windows 8.1
The 2 program folders you've mentioned is normal Was already there in Windows 7. If you're running the 64-bits version of Windows then 64-bits programs by default get installed in the Program Files folder. 32-bits programs go to Program Files (x86). x86 being another name for 32-bits.KhalVal wrote:To OP:
I got a new PC with 8.1 and switched my old PC to Mint at the same time a few months ago. To me, it's been way easier to learn Mint than Win 8.1. It's rather difficult to find things on it since the file system is different, like I have 2 Programs folders. There's new jargon associated with it too, and their word choice is weird. It's difficult to fix or change things, because I don't have access to the settings or configuration. I also spent a week on MS's forums talking to their support people because I had a program that wouldn't run. It has all sorts of compatibility problems. I have not been able to install a single program without having some problem. (I've actually been able to successfully install more Windows software on my Mint PC than my Win PC)
Well it does make for an interesting discussion, and it would appear that most people here agree with that even though Linux might have a few quirks, it's perfectly usable as a day to day productive OS for a home user. Microsoft seems to be taking the opposite route with their latest Windows release.NM5TF wrote:has no one noticed ???
the OP is GONE BACK TO 'DOZE I guess.....but the thread just goes on & on...
. No I haven't, and don't know where anyone got this idea from, but if its useful for folk out there to continue the discussions, then please carry on.the OP has gone back to DOZE
1. That is great news, that you're persevering. I was wondering about you, and hoping you'd hang in there.Monflyer wrote:
Since the original post I have been persevering with Mint, and slowly gettng the hang of it. When I next come across something I can't crack, then I daresay I'll call on help frrom the forum again, but in the meatime. bye bye and thanks
Good Job, and Well Done.Monflyer wrote:Since the original post I have been persevering with Mint, and slowly gettng the hang of it.