DK a big thanks for the insights and anecdotes
I'm quite sure XP is fine for a lot of folks and that if used in a safe and sane way can be exactly what's needed for most people without the learning curve a linux OS by its nature will require.
For myself, being the typical mercurial geminian filled with an unending supply of curiosity and never seeming to leave well enough alone, I like to poke and prod at things that I problee shouldn't. So .... I'm one like you mentioned who is likely to try out any kinda software bauble that catches my fancy at the moment
Luckily for me I now use an OS that allows me to experiment with pretty much anything and not have to suffer too much from these experimentations. When I was runnin XP that same level of experimentation seemed to generate lots of problems that are no longer stumbling blocks while nestled safely within the confines of ubuntu as I am today,
My buddy who initially talked me in to runnin a linux OS is a great friend and has always been a big help when I wind up needing his expertise. When we initially installed Linspire on my machine about 4yrs ago I would just about swear he was sportin wood as he prepped my machine for the install and got to the point where he hit the delete key to totally remove XP from my machine
To say he's a big fan of the opensource area of the software world would be a major understatement, which on the surface seems somewhat inconguous as he himself is a software engineer/program manager for a large multinational software consortium for his daily bread.
Looking back, though it was always my choice to keep or dump XP, I think his suggestion to do so and my acceptance of the idea was a good one overall and that his suggestion was actually based in the idea that if I didn't have XP to fall back on I would HAVE to work through gettin more familiar with my new set up and in doing so would teach myself quite a bit along the way, which was and is very true.
Yep, the one area I've always been apprehensive about is anytime I've been forced to work through anything in the command line. I've had a few sucesses and many more less than fulfilling ventures into the console window and know that a better understanding of that area of my OS would be a huge boon all in all. Hell, just getting to the point where I understand all the basic command prompts would be a big help at this point
Got a good tutorial you or anyone else here could recommend ?
Edited 2 time(s). Last edit at 17/08/2007 09:02AM by Mrkim.