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I want to start off by saying that I want to like linux, and I want to use linux for a daily PC. I've tried. It fascinates me. In the 8 month period between windows XP ending support for their updates, and the time it took me to buy a new PC, I thought I'd switch to linux and save a few bucks. In that time, almost daily "learning" linux, I can't say I retained much. I bought a new PC in September which was windows 7. I gave linux a fair shot. I learned how to partition my hard drive into several partitions. I learned how to change which one boots by default. I switched distros about a dozen times. I seem to remember prefering KDE with cinnimon. I just hope I'm remembering that right. I learned how to install programs (kind of....) I also learned that linux isn't for everyone. Using chatrooms to talk about linux, with linux enthusiasts is often times painful for those who are just learning the environment. There were quite a few times when I got helpful people. There were plenty more times that I got people who expected me to already KNOW what I was talking about, when the whole reason I was there was to get help figuring out what I was talking about. I made it clear that I was a total dummy and newbie when it came to linux. I'd say 30% were helpful, and 70% were of the attitude that "I should already know". You can defend linux all you want, but for me, ALL things need a GUI. Installing a program? Here open terminal, write out these commands straight out of DOS circa 1991, and don't forget the structure of your commands, or you could fuck it up big time. I know linux isn't windows, and I'm not saying you should eliminate terminal, and all the things you can do in it. I'm just saying it shouldn't be a requirement to know in order to use linux on a basic level. Terminal should be for advance things. At this point, everyone who uses linux with ease would be considered an advanced user compared to 99% of the population of the world. There may be 1000's of distros of linux, but from what I saw, it all boils down to less then 10 types of linux. Slight changes might be made here and there, but essentially it's the same things. Linux will never take off as a mainstream OS until the average nearly computer illiterate joe can turn it on with 1 button, and use it day to day without learning from guru's. Being able to use APK's in android and having a GUI for installing side-loaded apps is the reason it "just works". Linux doesn't "just work", it works as well as the operator knows how to work it. With windows you can at least start in the shallow end of the pool (which, I admit, a lot of users never leave), and then work your way deeper. Linux is more like starting off in a 9 foot pool that transitions into an ocean. Sure, it has a lot of depth, but it also has a sink or swim learning curve. I sank. So would the vast majority of the population. It's sad though, because I want to like linux. I like the idea of not even needing to worry about virus's. I like the idea of how lightweight the whole OS is. I like the aspect of customization. My desktop is different then your desktop. My desktop feels like home to me, and yours does to you. It may have just been me, but I think the computer itself ran faster. I never have virus's or malware in windows, but just the windows OS seems to bloat the speeds down a bit. I like the concept of liveCDs, and running linux off of a permanent state thumb drive. I love that almost everything is open source. I love that most (if not all) programs are free. I love the concept of linux. If someone could build linux a disto that you never ever ever ever need to open terminal, or deal with repositories, then it would serve as a starting point for which linux could look back on and say "THAT is where the mainstream attention started." As for now though, I can't use linux. I can't remember the structure of commands. I can't remember terminal commands. I have a poor memory. I want to click the .exe and click next. If I need to update, I want to just click next. I have to stick with windows, because at this point it's the only thing I understand. I'm sure there will be tons of replies along the lines of "Well have you tried....." and then proceed a long list of things that I would need to print out to know how to do. Or saying "it becomes nature when you get used to it". I never got used to it. I went from April - September using linux 95% of the time. It never clicked with me. I feel that should be more then enough time. I tried several different distros, thinking maybe one of them would be a great place to start. I forget the eventual distro I used from June-September. I know it had KDE. I wanted Cinnamon 2.0, but my video card apparently hated it. I then tried updating my cards video driver. I somehow made things worse. Eventually I couldn't even log into linux. I needed to format, reinstall, and try again. I never got it working to where I understood what I was doing. I tried linux, and I failed. I guess despite how cool the concept is, it's not for me. submitted by Lost-My-Mind- [link] [5 comments]

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