Newbie questions (was hijacked thread!)
Bill and Jan Klemme
wklemme at gmail.com
Thu Feb 21 01:35:43 UTC 2008
> On Wed, 2008-02-20 at 13:37 -0500, Mark Haney wrote:
>> Bill and Jan Klemme wrote:
>>> Hello folks,
>>> I am considering using Fedora and have downloaded R.8, but done nothing
>>> else yet. Is there any email list I can go to that uses language more
>>> newbie-friendly? I have no clue what you people are talking about...the
>>> terminology is super-proprietary and without a dictionary or years of
>>> experience I am totally lost.
>>> BTW I am not computer-illiterate. My working career was IBM mainframe
>>> tech support. I am still lost in here. With all respect for what you
>>> all seem to know, I need to go somewhere else to learn about this OS.
>>> Any suggestions?
>>> Additionally, reading these emails has given me the thought that I may
>>> have to become a Systems Programmer again just to keep my teeny desktop
>>> running. Not an attractive proposition at this stage of the game....
>>> Thanks in advance,
>>> Bill K
>>> PS This post is the most familiar-sounding of any I have read today....
>> Hi Bill, a couple of things to consider here. Most of us can explain
>> things to you at the level you are comfortable with. You hear a lot of
>> geek speak, but only because a lot of us do this for a living and know
>> the lingo. That said, and I can only speak for myself, if you are
>> willing to learn, then I'm willing to teach you. I would say that's
>> true for most everyone here. There's a lot of times we'll take things
>> offlist to make it easier, but for the most part we'll walk you through
>> whatever you help you need.
>> We've recently had an issue with people who have refused to listen what
>> was being told them and asking the same questions over and over again.
>> I think that's spoiled the pot for some, but, as I said, if you are
>> willing to learn, then we're here to help. That's what this list is for.
>> There are plenty of resources on-line (google is your friend here) to
>> help with basic concepts and steps, but sometimes just asking is the way
>> to go. What are your problems, and we'll see what we can do to help.
>> One more thing, a couple of notes on list etiquette, posting a reply at
>> the TOP of a post is generally bad form. Always try to remember to post
>> at the bottom. We read things from the top down and that helps with
>> keeping track of the thread of the post.
>> Also, replying to the thread like you did with an email that's not on
>> the topic of what the subject line is about is called hijacking a thread
>> and is also considered bad form. For a n00b it's no big deal, just some
>> friendly advice.
> also, if you look at the signature, there are two links that will bring
> up the mail form. The first is the one you can click to ask a new
> question, and the second is the unsubscribe link which will allow you to
> unsubscribe from the list if you ever wish to do so.
> Les H
OK, right....here I go at the bottom! Thanks for the courteous
responses and hints. I notice that I am responding to the last poster as
well as the entire group, which means that poster will get double. Any
way of avoiding that? I did not "reply all".
It sounds like I may want to go with that "ubuntu" as someone suggested?
I love the bits and bytes stuff, but I just do not have the time now to
get into that. I want a replacement for Windows, but want to be able to
run my Windows apps (like Quicken and Photoshop, etc). I am tired of
firewalls and virus programs and having to buy new ones every year that
haven't been debugged yet.
I was led to understand that some version of Linux would be much less
vulnerable to hacking and viruses so thought I'd go that route with
Fedora. I would like an OS that would be able to run Windows
underneath, but would be very user-friendly...maybe even look like
Windows. (My wife uses the computer sometimes too. I don't want to have
a lot of explaining to do.) Is a Mac a good solution, albeit an
Again, thanks for the invitation to jump in.
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