[techtalk] request for ideas
julia_frizzell at brown.edu
Tue Oct 12 11:06:40 EST 1999
At 12:44 PM -0700 10/11/99, Vinnie Surmonde wrote:
>On Mon, 11 Oct 1999, lisa daly wrote:
> > I must disagree with this. GUI's are great if you
> > don't care what's going on under the hood. But to
> > truly learn linux, you need the command line. It's
>Plus, the idea that GUI == easier is...hmm..not exactly wrong..a GUI can
>be easier under many circumstances, but a GUI is not necessarily easier
>under all circumstances.
To be honest, I think GUI might actually *confuse* newbies to Linux.
I know it's confusing me. I'm thinking of tossing everything out and
starting over, this time installing everything that I want and
nothing that I don't.
I'm a relatively experienced computer user -- I do tech support for a
living. I know Macs and Win9x really, really well. I've dabbled a
*bit* with NT. I've used a unix shell with one of my online accounts,
but never more than typing a few navigation commands and pico and
But Linux *scares* me. (why, I've no idea.) I've asked questions
here, and gotten answers that I didn't know what to do with. You make
it all sound so *simple* -- just add this line to your xxx file, blah
So I went out and bought books on the subject. I've not gotten a
chance to read them, but already I feel more secure having them. Many
people have told me to read various HOWTOs -- so I did. And was even
more confused than before! HOWTOs, at least the ones I've read, all
assume a level of comfort with the system that I don't have yet. Or a
level of experience I'm nowhere near.
But back to the GUI question -- I think having a GUI interface lulls
a newbie into thinking "oh, this is just like Windows/MacOS" and it's
really not. While there may be graphics on the screen, Linux (at
least in gnome) does not operate like Windows or the MacOS. And
that's the point I'm at right now. Linux is installed, but it's still
just sitting there on my old computer, and I'm using my Win98 box to
Now, I must say that I'm not *planning* on dumping Windows for Linux
-- I like my Windows too much, and it has everything I want. Linux is
really a way for me to have a firewall between my computer network
and the outside world (cable modem arrives November 11th!!!!), but
since I like computers and like to play with them, I'll probably be
poking around more in Linux once it's all set up the way I want it to
Needless to say, Deb, I'd be very interested in helping produce your
docs, or at least see them when they're done!
Julia Frizzell http://www.netspace.org/~glyneth
julia_frizzell at brown.edu http://www.theblackroad.org
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