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Re: Back to original topic [Was: [Poll: debian-newcomer list [Was: Re: newbies needing help for graphic login]]

On Tue, January 10, 2006 11:08 am, Richard Lyons wrote:
> On Tuesday, 10 January 2006 at 14:43:18 +0100, David Jardine wrote:
>> On Tue, Jan 10, 2006 at 04:35:22AM +0200, Andrei Popescu wrote:
>> >
>> > [...]
>> >
>> > Ok, then let's get back to the original topic of this thread:
>> > the "help help" messages won't stop (and we don't want them to
>> > stop) so what can we do?
>> >
>> Installing Linux on ones computer requires a conscious decision;
>> choosing Debian as the distribution to install must presuppose some
>> awareness of the issues involved.  So how did these people come to
>> be installing Debian in the first place without knowing what to
>> expect?
> When I first installed RedHat 4.1 on my 486 box, I had no idea what I
> was getting myself into.  But I'm glad I did it anyway.
> --
> richard

I second that.  I first installed Mandrake in 97 on an IBM Thinkpad.  I had no
idea what I was doing either.  I had read about how Linux was a great
alternative to windows.  Other than that I really had no real *nix experience.
 It would be great, especially as Debian modernizes, if it would more
seemlessly install the basic workstation - kind of like Red Hat does these
days without having to enter video and monitor specifics that the casual home
user or even some admins do not know.  That would at least get the user into a
familiar environment quickly.  They could then learn from there.  That would
lower some barriers and hopefully reduce the "I have a black screen with a
cursor, now what do I do?" type of questions.

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