Getting Started with linux

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Well, simpler is a subjective term. I prefer Gnome over Mate and I find Gnome to use a lot of the same concepts that I use on my Windows 10 desktop.

Christopher (AKA CJ)
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I personally do not like vanilla Ubuntu, simply because the Gnome desktop does not make any sence to me at all. If it was me, and at one point, long, long ago, it was, I'd download Ubuntu Mate, simply because the desktop is a hell of a lot simpler to get use to, and also a lot more like the traditional Windows Desktop in the sence that you can, if you so wish, put all your crap on it, unlike Gnome.

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Brandt Steenkamp

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On 2022/01/16 17:19, Linux for blind general discussion wrote:
> Well, it sounds like you're telling me to run linux under windows? 
> That isn't what I had in mind.  Here's what I've learned thus far:
> I need to download a linux OS; then make a bootable media and install 
> the linux ISO to it.
> Well, I did that:
> downloaded ubuntu-20.04.3-desktop-amd64.iso and (for flashing it to 
> the thumb drive) balenaEtcher-Portable-1.7.3.exe made a bootable thumb 
> drive and installed ubuntu on it.
> Now I need to learn how to install ubuntu from the thumb drive.  I 
> must search for instructions to go on from here.
> Thanks.
> Howard
> On 1/15/2022 5:53 PM, Linux for blind general discussion wrote:
>> Ubuntu or Fedora could do that for you. alt-windows-s toggles speech 
>> on and off and you want to choose try ubuntu or try fedora buttons on 
>> the desktop screen.  Desktop screen is windows-d once system boots 
>> and you have speech.
>> On Sat, 15 Jan 2022, Linux for blind general discussion wrote:
>>> Hello all,
>>> I've been wanting to try out linux but haven't wanted to give up or 
>>> mess up any of my working windows systems.  Would it be possible to 
>>> install some version of linux on a CD or a DVD; then just boot a 
>>> computer from that disk bypassing windows altogether?  If so, I'd 
>>> have to make it either talk or drive a Braille display.
>>> Wonder if anyone would have any suggestions?  Thank you.
>>> Howard
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