[brlug-general] looking for feedback: What do newbies need?
karthik at poobal.net
Wed Jan 28 08:07:58 CST 2004
> 1. What do newbies really need when it comes to an
> introduction to Linux?
simple and concise information. I know tldp.org is there with a lot of
documentation but I am sure *most* of the newbies would be flabbergasted by
the amount of information available. If you ask me its more information
overload if you point each and every query to tldp or even google.I am not
sure how the dummies series on linux is but I guess we need something of that
sort to make people comfortable around linux.
> 2. What are some really good web sites that helped you
> to understand what Linux is about?
1. tldp.org (local ldp at http://ldp.lsu.edu/)
2. google.com/linux (only hits that are related to linux. well that's atleast
how it supposed to work)
3. list archives. you can find links to mini-howtos and *unofficial* howtos
that are not on tldp
4. http://www.linux-laptop.net/ proved to be a good source for finding which
distros work out of the box on my laptop and which involves considerable
amount of work.
> 3. What have you found to be the most difficult
> barriers in learning about, installing, or using
for most part it was the hardware that I had was somewhat designed for
MSWindows. I really wish I had some kind of hardware compatibility list with
me when I started shopping for hardware.
> 4. If www.brlug.net or the CCCC Linux SIG were to have
> a web page to serve as an introduction to Linux, what
> would you recommend to be on it?
This is a good intro to Linux. though i would very much NOT like to see a
comparison with MSWindows, I think its necessary to help people, who are
familiar with MSWindows, understand how Linux works.
I would like to add one more question.
5. What do newbies really NOT need to hear when it comes to an giving an intro
Microsoft Bashing when it comes to their software. I know, I know I have done
it and even now I am tempted to do it. But i don't think saying "F/OSS is
better than evil M$ software" (even if its true) helps in anyway for F/OSS.
In-fact, I think it would backfire if the F/OSS community keeps doing it.
hope my ramblings help
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