JerryF wrote: ↑
Thu Jul 04, 2019 9:50 am
Has anyone noticed that the OP hasn't responded to any of our input? I think the purpose of this post was to "get us going".
Not since July 1st (to be fair, he did do one reply). Could be that he's just had to go to work! There again, maybe the Linux experience has been so off-putting he's gone back to Windows!
throwaway25996 wrote: ↑
Sun Jun 30, 2019 9:36 am
I moved over from Windows because I was sick of not knowing where to find a file. I was led to believe that Linux allowed for much more customization so I don't know what that COULD mean except that you controlled the file directories better. So far, though, I'm having a lot of trouble adjusting, even though I thought Mint was trying to be as easy a transition from Windows as possible.
Don't worry, I couldn't make sense of anything much at first, but like lots of people have said much of my initial concern did turn out not to matter. Like you, after knowing the XP filing system inside out, one of the (many) things that drove me away from Win 10 was that nothing was where I thought it ought to be! I found the same thing with Linux at first, but honestly it's a lot more sensible than with Win 10, so stick with it.
- There are still a huge variety of forced-in directories in the main file system. I don't think I can move these but perhaps there could be some way to render them irrelevant until needed.
It's called "Show Hidden Files". Open a folder, go to the 'View' menu and turn it off! I leave hidden files visible, because a leftover from my Windows XP days is that I feel the need to know where stuff is, but honestly I rarely have to look into hidden files so could probably default to 'off'.
- Due to the Software Manager and Terminal being the methods for installation, now almost every single file auto-installs to a directory without any input from me or even any indication of where it went, or if I can move it.
If you're talking about system and programme files then that's exactly what you need (even if you don't think it's what you want!). Until you're a super-user you just won't have a reason to mess with that stuff, so let it be.
A more helpful comment, perhaps, is that once you realise these system files are in the
folder, and the stuff you want to work on is almost certainly all in the
folder, turning off the hidden files will drastically reduce the size of the playing field you've found yourself on.
With regards to the hidden (or not) folders in
, they hold the variable data associated with your various programmes, i.e. customisable settings/options etc. and while you might
want to edit these files directly it's quite possible you'll never need to as they're generally modified from within programmes.
- Trying to create shortcuts, or "symbolic links", isn't as easy as right-clicking. Now I have to open the terminal, input two exact, case-sensitive, directory paths that usually gets broken anyway.
Others have explained how to create these. The fact is I almost never use shortcuts. My regularly accessed programmes are all in the panel at the bottom of the screen, and everything else can be easily found in the main menu (bottom left here on Cinnamon). My documents are all filed in a logical sub-structure under the various Home folders (Documents, Photos, Music, etc.). Because the file system is actually much simpler than with Win 10 there just isn't the same need for wormholes...
- And I'm still unclear on any easy way to drag a file from one directory to its parent directory, which is the easiest way to transfer files in Windows.
Drag and drop, moving and copying works fine if a little different to how you're used to doing it. The one thing I really miss in this respect is the ability to draw a select box with the mouse inside a folder to select a load of files together, but it's not a deal breaker!
Can you help me out in making these problems less irritating?
Hope that's what we're all doing!
throwaway25996 wrote: ↑
Mon Jul 01, 2019 12:43 am
Thank you all for trying to help, I fuond a few helpful replies but mostly I'm worried I won't ever find an OS I want. I think a lot of you have a misconception of what I am asking for, though. My ideal OS would be one where all the system files at initial boot are in a single "system" directory, and literally every other file either asks where it's allowed to go or creates a sub-directory in the same folder as whatever program spawned it. I've grudgingly accepted that current OSes can't do that for some unexplained reason, but I was hoping I could at the very least find the kind of distro that would be closer to the ideal than Windows.
Like most of the others here, your 'ideal' sounds like a nightmare to me, as I typically work on multiple file types within projects (seriously, who doesn't???) but if that's how you like to work that's your business. I do think, though, that you'll get used to Linux and it won't bother you in the long run!
Main: Dell E6410 - 8GB RAM / 160GB HDD - Dual Boot Mint 19.1 Cinnamon 64-bit / Win 10
Backup: iMac 5.1 - 3GB RAM / 240GB HDD - Dual Boot Mint 19.1 Cinnamon 64-bit / OSX 10.5.8