Please offer up your insight to this thread.ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½Â Use your own experiences with failure or your own inability to ask an appropriate question that would have yeilded the answer that you sought.ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½Â Remember those "elitists" out there that want you only to RTFM!
After 3 yrs using Win98, i got sick of it for all the common reasons (virus, adware, etc), i decided to install Linux. I chose to install Mandrake 8.0, i didn't know how to partition, so i erased win98 by accident and installed it. Not bad, the problem was i couldn't install rpms, i did not understand it. I got into a dependency hell. I promptly uninstalled Mandrake and reinstalled win98. Jeez! all this time and the linux bastards couldn't arrange something simple like installing abiword.
A couple of weeks later this article appeared in osnews.com:
The Very Verbose Debian 3.0 Installation Walkthrough
I read it, it was written in plain English, went step by step, even a neophyte like me could do it, i knew i could do it. After Mandrake, the thing that called my attention to Debian was apt-get. I printed the article, it was 24 pages long, re-read it, told my wife and kids i was incomunicado that afternoon. I followed the instructions to the letter, there was no provision to keep Windows, so what? I could always reinstall win98, no sweat! I never did.
Finally i ended the installation of Woody, it was a minimal installation with Mozilla and WindowMaker. Jeje! i couldn't understand wmaker, mozilla was ok, had mail, browser, and apt-get was sweet. From that installation guide i learned to use cfdisk, apt-get, and gave me confidence i could do anything. This distro made sense. I ran to my wife and told her proudly that she was married to a frigging genius, she yawned.
The date was 27 Oct 2002.
I did not know what a kernel was, a firewall, or anything else. I was a novice with no clue, i had installed the default kernel 2.2. But i kept reading, i live in a small town in Central America, no Linux User Groups, libraries, or bookstores. I read forums, asked questions, told to RTFM which i never understood, but kept reading, figured out how google worked (configured it to show articles in english, spanish and portuguese). Got into a lot of trouble, reinstalled a lot of times, because i didn't know how to fix things. Later on, i read that if i typed 'bf24' at the prompt at the beginning of the install, i would get kernel 2.4 which in those days was the latest and most advanced kernel, two months later i installed my first firewall, and install icewm, fluxbox, my nights were busy reading and screwing up, and reinstalling. I didn't know much about Linux, but i was one hell of an installer.
My box, a PII 266 with 128 MB of RAM, was becoming outdated, tried gnome and kde, but it made it slower, mastered icewm and the other wm, and kept on reading google.com/linux and the debian mailing lists. Google for me has been a life saver, i still don't know how to cdwrite, never had one until now (i got a newer box). Life with Linux is simple, fast (i use ratpoison), no frills, just pure unadulterated speed; the wife and the kids use icewm. I use mostly the keyboard to navigate, my wrist doesn't get tired anymore, looks mean nothing to me but speed does. My monitor offers more space now that i don't have any toolbars. All my apps are small and fast, got no complaints, i keep things simple, the bigger the app, the more chances something will go wrong.
My .02 panamanian