[nSLUG] Talk - Introduction to Linux

David Rodgers davidfrodgers at gmail.com
Thu Feb 18 14:43:37 AST 2016

Hello Everyone,

I'd thank everyone for your input on my talk. Valid points have been made.

The primary approach that I am taking with my talk is to show potential
users the benefits of using Linux, and why they may want to use it. I
will also include a demonstration of the Linux desktop and some of the
programs that users will most likely want to use.

I hope to see both old and new Linux users at my talk, and I will be
open to any constructive feedback I get. I hope that using your feedback
I can hone my talk and make it more effective.


On 18/02/16 12:36 PM, Oliver Doepner wrote:
> Is the presentation intended to show a particular desktop environment?
> I mostly use XFCE, but I would be curious to know if Gnome, KDE, or
> whatever latest fashion are better suited to make former windows users
> happy.
> Personally I stopped advocating Linux as a desktop a while ago, because it
> is simply too much work to actually make the non-geek users happy. :)
> On Thu, Feb 18, 2016 at 11:25 AM, Malcolm MacDonald <
> geekymalcolm at outlook.com> wrote:
>> Hello All:
>> First time replying, long time lurker.
>> If you're going to get people to even think about Linux, you need to
>> stress functionality, ease of use & security / privacy.  Especially when
>> comparing against Windows 10.
>> A lot is going to depend on the individual user.  My GF's mom is 68 &
>> Windows 7 was giving her all kinds of issues.  Reloaded her laptop with
>> Mint Linux & that was almost a year ago, no issues since then.  But then
>> you temper that with my own mother, who went from Windows 7 to Mint & has
>> had nothing but trouble, simply because of small visual changes.  She was
>> raised on Windows & nothing but Windows.  It's almost worth my time &
>> effort to put her back onto Windows b/c she has had so many issues with the
>> transition.
>> A suggestion might be having one PC with Windows on it & another with
>> Linux (Mint, Ubuntu, Chromium, etc) so you can do side by side comparison
>> of the two & how you won't lose functionality, etc, etc.
>> Malcolm
>>> Date: Thu, 18 Feb 2016 01:22:16 -0400
>>> From: mspencer at tallships.ca
>>> To: nslug at nslug.ns.ca
>>> Subject: Re: [nSLUG] Talk - Introduction to Linux
>>> David Rodgers wrote:
>>>> For the meeting next month, I will be doing a talk titled
>>>> "Introduction to Linux". I hope to see both old and new people
>>>> there. It will be an excellent chance to bring along some new people
>>>> that you would like to introduce to Linux.
>>> and later:
>>>> In regardes to the kernel and core GNU tools; by the end of the talk
>>>> I hope to introduce Linux newcomers to some basic command line
>>>> tools, and to impart a basic understanding of what the function of
>>>> the Linux kernel is.
>>> Isn't it the case that most "new people", potential converts to Linux,
>>> will be Windows users who will want to be able to do "all my usual
>>> stuff" were they to switch? I would feel crippled without grep,
>>> regular expressions and the command line but I'm an old geezer who was
>>> using Unix before I ever tried Windows. Most people have grown up
>>> with the MS Windows interface, have gotten good at it, will want to
>>> see the Linux interface presented in terms of its familiar features
>>> and similar capabilities.
>>> I'm not just taking a gratuitous run at your proposal. I really don't
>>> know what it takes to persuade a Windows (or Mac) user, even one who's
>>> expressed curiosity about Linux, to go for it. One guy on hfx.general
>>> recently took one look at Win 10 and made the switch all on his own
>>> with no hand-holding but I suspect he's atypical. I haven't been able
>>> to persuade SWMBO to switch but when the time comes (as it will when
>>> her present computers finally die of old age) she'll want to know
>>> about downloading from her camera, controlling her microscope cam,
>>> scanning and printing, email, web browsing, playing video files and
>>> DVDs, not licensing, internal system structure or the command
>>> line. (Notwithstanding that she started with the command line on
>>> CP/M.)
>>> Mutter, mumble...
>>> - Mike
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