[nSLUG] Talk - Introduction to Linux

David Rodgers davidfrodgers at gmail.com
Thu Feb 18 15:03:56 AST 2016

I want to make it clear during my talk that there are many different
Linux distributions and desktop environments to choose from. Having
these choices is an integral part of using Linux. Of course, these
choices can be daunting to a Linux newcomer, so during my talk I will
give (my) recommendations for the distributions and desktop environments
that I think will be the most friendly to newcomers. I intend to
demonstrate Ubuntu, the Unity desktop and the Mate desktop. I also
intend to point out the benefits of other major distros and desktop


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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