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Location: Hamburg, Germany

PostPosted: Sun Apr 29, 2012 3:11 pm    Post subject: New to this site Reply with quote

Hi everybody,

I'm new to this site and I would like to introduce myself to anyone who is interested. I have been using Linux as my home OS for years now and have always relied on the Distribution to take care of installation and configuration and have myself only a very, very limited knowledge of what the system is doing and is capable of doing. For instance I just about never use the console as this requires a basic knowledge of the commands and, in the meantime, most distributions come with GUI tools to do most of the settings and configurations so I have not really got into learning what you could do with the console. I do get a little anoyed when looking for a solution to a problem and I see suggestions to manually edit configuration files or write scripts and so on, things that I would really not dare do, most probably because I don't know how. Anyway, I hope that this site can give me an insight into the OS and it's possibilities without expecting me to become a master of the trade.
By the way, I am currently using OpenSuSE 12.1 and am quite happy with it.
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Location: Beijing China, but from USA

PostPosted: Thu Jun 28, 2012 5:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Welcome paulcarton, glad to have you with us.
I have tried and Used OpenSuSE before and i quite like it. A lot of people don't know what they are missing out on the they stick to nothing but Windows for 30 years just because they are scared to try something new. I Am new here, but i am not new to linux. I use linux mainly for various servers web applications, but i also use Ubuntu for my saturday afternoon OS of choice. I use the command line far more than i do the GUI, for a few reasons.

1, Because it allowed me to get done what a GUI could or it allowed to do it faster

2. Because i wanted to get an experience of what using computers was like back in the 70s and 80s when my father was using them.

Learning the linux command line can be like an itching rash, or a good hard workout that eventually makes your muscles stronger, or simply beautiful.

The ability to enter a known and documented command with options and it just work, or it returns an understandable error which you are sure to resolve in no time.

For some people that feel it is like a rash, i feel a bit sorry for them, but nonetheless hopeful. For most people i hope it is like the second analogy; a workout that makes you stronger. And eventually when you have mastered the command-line to your needs it is like an in-disposable power that is simply beautiful.
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