10+ mistakes Linux newbies make

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  1. CloneRanger

    CloneRanger Registered Member

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    Thought this might be good for newbies etc :)

     
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    Most of those won't apply provided the new user's done their homework - the "hump" part of starting out.
     
  3. CloneRanger

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    @ GlobalForce

    Oh, OK. Just saw it and thought some people might find it helpful !

    Not being a Linux user myself, it's not easy to know whats what etc.
     
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    And goes with the view that Linux is not Windows. Its a new OS, unfortunately since its free, its there to bash. However the same user would splurge $$$$ on Mac, you won't see the same level of anger.
     
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    IMO, it is useless for newbies. It is written for those who guide newbies into getting started with Linux:
     
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    Several off topic posts removed.
     
  8. vasa1

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    See the first "mistake":
    True, it is a different OS and it's pretty obvious it's not Windows. But the point is that a new user usually wants to accomplish the same thing -- access the Internet (safely), manipulate files, play music, view a video, whatever -- irrespective of the OS employed. It's not that a Linux (destop) user wants to do something entirely different.

    And doesn't the quoted material give the impression of talking down to the "newbie"? How could the author write this?
    The average user has no idea there are even different operating systems to be had. In fact, most average users couldn’t discern Windows XP from Vista from 7 (unless they are certain Windows 7 was “their idea”).

    My personal feeling is that there should be an elaborate "hand-holding" migration protocol that points out, reassuringly, the way to do things that a person migrating from another system is already proficient at doing.

    I get the impression that Linux evangelists feel that since Linux is superior, it's up to the user to go the extra mile. Take it or leave it.
     
  9. katio

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    7. should be 1.
    It's so true and doesn't just apply to newbie Linux switchers but to most software switches. No, probably to most things in life.
     
  10. linuxforall

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    Linux evangelists if there is any such thing really don't feel anything, its when MS users come and do a cursory try of Linux and then go on a rant against it just because it doesn't confirm to their windows like expectation, plain and simple.
     
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    There is really no reason to bash software of any kind. Discussions of software don't have to be personal.


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