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Re: Overwhelmed newbie

Andy Streich wrote:

On Friday 16 September 2005 12:55 pm, Kjetil Kjernsmo wrote:
Most importantly, this is _debian_-user.  If you want to advocate
other distributions willy-nilly, it's not the place.
That kind of isolationism is something I think you will find very little support for in the free software community. I think most people will agree that we want to direct people to what is best for them.

I am also an overwhelmed newbie, one who could not have been using Debian for the last 9 months without the kind (and sometimes terse and abrupt) help from people on this list. It takes a remarkable amount of dedication and time to become comfortable configuring a desktop Debian system on a machine with modest resources where you can't run KDE or GNOME without a significant performance problem. The choice of window managers for a desktop systems is, to really go out on a limb, fairly important. The best advice I've gotten is that I should just start installing and trying out all the others. That's not too appealing but I accept the reality.

I keep staring at my Ubuntu disks and wondering if I should switch horses. Yet I can't begin to estimate the costs involved -- in terms of my time and in the quality and maintainability of the resulting system. Would a few months of using Ubuntu cause me to come running back to Debian? I have no idea.

Any pointers to useful reading material would be appreciated.
IMHO you can contribute something that may be very valuable: feedback on what exactly is difficult to newbies about Debian. Every time I see someone post, I really have to wonder what is it that seems different about Debian. I think a list of things that are difficult from people who aren't already intimate with Debian or Linux in general would be a great boon to the community. That's not to say to expect all those things to magically go away, but I for one would like to know.


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