[clug] A New Users perspective on Linux
henman at pobox.com
Wed Apr 13 08:29:45 GMT 2005
I read your note on the CLUG list and was impressed.
You say ¨I'm sure that all the IT pro's will read and think "Dumb
B*&%$d¨ but if they do then it is they who are the ¨dumb bastards¨ -
lets not mince words.
I am an IT professional of some 30+ years standing (sitting to be
honest) and find your treaties very good. It is really very helpful and
refreshing to get such straight-forward comments from someone who has
¨come in from the cold¨.
May I be so bold as to ask your back-ground and exposure to IT?
By the way, I had an experience similar to yours with unix some 25+
years ago, except the development was nowhere near as rapid and the
machine I was using was a DIGITAL PDP 11, 16 bit words and 64KB of core
memory. I forget the disk size but certainly no more than a 1MB - which
was huge then.
Keep trying with Linux, whatever flavour. The concept is honourable and
the results and experience very rewarding.
Ian Bardsley wrote:
> As a new subsciber to CLUG I thought I would share the following.
> I'm sure that all the IT pro's will read and think "Dumb B*&%$d. But
> anyone interested in an alternative to Windows may benefit.
> I had a brief look at Linux a couple of years ago with a copy of
> Mandrake 9.? given to me by a Linux convert. Not a happy experience,
> frustrating and time consuming to set up and very fragile once working.
> I abandoned the project and returned to Windows to await developments.
> Had another look about 12 months ago with Fedora, SuSe, Debian and
> Mandrake 10.0. The former 3 not good but Mandrake better but still
> fragile and given to doing odd things (albeit stimulated by my ham
> fisted methods i'm sure). I never made my scanner work, my TV card
> caused the computer to crash whenever I changed channels with all TV
> programmes tried and most attempts to burn CD's caused the computer to
> lock up resulting in a re-boot. However the improvements between my
> first and second look at Linux lent me to believe that some pretty rapid
> progress was being made in the GPL community with this alternative to
> Bill Gates' retirement fund and I dumped the project again making a
> mental note to have another look in about a year. A couple of weeks ago
> I stumbled across a distro of Mandake 10.1 on the cover of a computer
> mag and undertook a third look. With the same computer setup as last
> year except a different printer. What a difference!!!
> The installation took about a third of the time that it takes to install
> Windows XP, the installation procedure recognised all of my hardware
> and in around 25 minutes I was able to use my PC for net access,
> email, word processing, photo editing and spreadsheeting. I was even
> able to have the TV playing in a window whilst I worked on a letter (no
> crashes). I was impressed! Scanning was a problem which took about an
> hour to solve with the help of a Net artical.
> So impressed was I that I decided to attempt to replicate every piece of
> Windows software that I use with free open source applications and if I
> could, I would move to the Linux platform.
> The Mandrake cds provided all of the common applications but I needed
> Desktop Publishing, 2D CAD, a working DVD player and a sound sequencer
> and editor. The PC also had to be able to recognise the memory card in
> my Camera so that I could access the pictures on it. All of these needs
> were met from the net with pretty good functionality and the only
> application that gave any grief at all was the sound sequencing which
> was solved with "Rosegarden and Qsynth" and a well written tutorial on
> the Net.
> _I now need to research the best approach to Anti-Virus, Anti-Spywear
> and a secure Firewall so any suggestions or feed back would be very
> To conclude. Is Linux a viable alternative to Windows for the non IT
> industry user....Yes.... although not quite yet for those with no PC
> If there are other newcomers to Linux out there who may have experienced
> problems, I hope this mail gives them encouragement to persist and learn.
> Best regards
> Ian Bardsley
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