Fw: [clug] beginners path

steve jenkin sjenkin at canb.auug.org.au
Thu Apr 23 12:41:11 GMT 2009

Dave Upton wrote on 23/4/09 5:52 PM:
> Hi Cluggers
> I am a new user and I am still coming tonight. I looked for linux
> users groups and found this one.  No others but this one.  Maybe if I
> had explored PCUG I might have seen their support.
> Personally if you guys aren't going to help and you ARE the LUG then
> what hope is there for us newbies.
> I came to Linux to get out of the Windows trap and I like my
> decision. What will turn me away is not finding help.  I search
> forums and all manner of help sites to try and figure out my problems
> and have managed to fix a few.  However typing some obscure command
> in the terminal without explanation might fix the problem but it goes
> nowhere to furthering my understanding so I can figure stuff out for
> myself one day.
> It is a culture shock.  Things that used to work no longer do.
> Making them work is not easy.  Finding someone who knows Linux and 
> can explain it in almost plain English is not easy either.  If I
> can't sort it out myself that was my hope for this group that someone
> might take the time to explain it in understandable terms.
> Form an advanced LUG but don't fob off the newbies because without
> newbies there won't be any advanced users one day.
> Newbie Dave
> PS
> My apologies to Lana as I only sent this to her originally.


Silly question, but what others paths are there for the 'normally
windows literate' into the world of Linux??

Are there short courses at TAFE or Community 'college'?

The PCUG Linux SIG has been cited - was that inaccessible for some reason?

I'd love to know what the real/perceived obstacles are for the average


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