alex dinovitser wrote:
I have had a little bit of a dabble with linux, but I don't find such user-friendly applications like under Window$. I can't even get GIMP to work for some reason.
It is confusing for win users, the way I see it though is that windows looks easy to use at first, but really isn't. Unix looks hard to use, has a bit of a learning curve, but is easy to use once you're used to it. You can do a helluva lot more on a command line than you could with 80 mouse clicks.
The GIMP *will* work if you install Slackware, it is included in the distribution.
Debian is also very nice but I still have some beefs with it. The package manager should list available programs hierarchially instead of giving you a giant list (I spent 2 hours going through it). They also make a big deal out of kernel recompiles (which I do a lot of). Were it not for those two things, Debian would be the one.
We should probably end this distribution discussion before it becomes an advocacy war and focus on OpenBIOS issues. This is my last post on the subject, try all of the distributions and stick with what's comfortable... Watch out for Corel's upcoming one.
Thanks for that idea, I will try tcltutor. Any good websites for learning tcl/tk??
www.tcltk.com is pretty good. A good book will get you very far in a hurry though, check out the O'Reilly ones.
Can you briefly tell me why??? What are the key differences?
Low maintenance, doesn't try to look like windows, etc...
It i sup to the end user though, I prefer wading through configuration files than clicking icons.
Why doesn't someone write windows95 clone for Linux, from installation, to the user interface? Is it that hard to do? User friendliness is just about the only thing Micro$oft have got right I think, and that contribution should not be discarded, but copied and further improved by Linux.
You might want to try GNOME (www.gnome.org)
Slackware install is fairly painless though, read the docs, there will be no surprises.