Re: Overwhelmed newbie
Andy Streich wrote:
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.
On Friday 16 September 2005 12:55 pm, Kjetil Kjernsmo wrote:
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.
Most importantly, this is _debian_-user. If you want to advocate
other distributions willy-nilly, it's not the place.
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
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
Any pointers to useful reading material would be appreciated.