Its hard to teach old dogs new OS.
Yes I am the old dog. I have been a member here for sometime and yet I haven't quite grasp the Linux world as of yet. Why? Well the story could take a book to read, but in short I have been struggling with a computer I purchased 9 months ago that has cost me hundreds if not thousands of $ in loss not to mention the time. It started when I started to use Win XP OS.
My goal was to start this year out with my own business as a web designer and I ended up learning the complete ins and outs of troubleshooting, security issues and learning all the hardware and programs that makes a windows computer work. As for doing web designs, as far as I could get with that was buying all the expensive programs I would need to get started but the work has yet to happen. This week I have had to return this computer back to the factory for the third time and I have a tech support sheet a mile long with this company. Needless to say its been a complete nightmare!
For example: I noticed that my cd's were scratching badly, then some started to crack and became unusable. But when a expensive web design program I purchased busted in millions of pieces in the cd drive that made the sound of a gunshoot, halfway through the install, I had had enough. Do you think that the manufacture would offer to reimburse me of my software that was ruined? Ya right! They did change out the defected 3g's CDRom drive. Which is just one piece of hardware that went bad in it. They had to replace the built-into the motherboard net card, the floppy drive and cmos settings still will not keep its set, wiring to the start buttons and power switch came lose, the hard drive had to be replaced, and other hardware that I added like a new DVD player and additional hard drive, which was not compatible according to MS even tho it was the same brand as the others that came with the computer. My DVD player only works with a generic cdrom driver. MS even tried to stop me from using the Intel chipsets that came with the Intel computer because they had yet to determine if it was compatible? What is going on here anyway?
Yes, I learned a lot about computers this year. Everything that I hadn't set out to learn. One, never purchase a computer that doesn't have a version of the full windows cd. You know the old recovery only to this computer scam.
Why do we hate MS so badly? Because we are getting taken for a bunch of idiots. Those who can't afford the more expensive equipment are being screwed, scammed, spammed and hacked into. This is what I learned on my summer vacation, according to my husband who swears that this is what it has been for me because my new business hasn't made us a dime, instead has cost us an arm and a leg.
So this is how it happened that I turned my attention to Linux. At that time I had already joinned this site and really wasn't sure if I belonged here or not. I have read and even purchased two Linux cd's programs, one was the new Slackware 10 and the other was an old version of Susie. I don't know if it was because I am just dumb or my computers was too messed up, but I could not install it without mounting errors or corrupt file errors
I spent a lot of time reading instructions and continued to try over and over, step by step.
I became an expert in installing these cd's! Even so there was only two times I got past the error messages. If I was in I hadn't a clue what to do next. Even thou I was reading the instructions, I couldn't tell you if it was right or if something was missing. I never got online using a cable ISP. It was so foreign to me and I hated that! So here I am still wanting to learn to use my slackware, although in the forums they suggested for me to try something easier at first. Instead I am still stuck in this spiderweb of windows troubleshooting and then reinstalling my expensive software for the millionth time and have yet to use.
I am afraid if big businesses like MS takes complete control of the world of technology we won't have a chance in hell of ever stopping them at another point in time. This organization of hard at work Linux freedom developers is absolutely necessary and so important in order to prevent this from happening. All the hard work everyone has done to contribute to this cause without much pay will pay off in the long run and it must continue to grow.
As far as I am concern, allowing window users to use this site, If for no other reason but to stay in contact with others like myself, who will also face the types of nightmares that I have had, will eventually want an look for an alternative too. To be able to join this site and offer window users a taste of free licensed software even if it is just a few things we can use here is a necessary tool to see to it that the Linux information spreads, and it is. The Linux OS will get easier to use and more will switch. I am positive of that!
Freshmeat and all of you including the Linux contributors please allow me this opportunity to say thank you for being here! Hopefully I will figure out the how to's and maybe someday I will be able to submit a project of my own. Won't that be a hoot? ~