Thread: Windows Versus Linux : Whats the "Reality"

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    Quote Originally Posted by MutantJohn View Post
    I think Linux just suffers from poor documentation, tbh.
    On the contrary, Linux has excellent documentation. It's extensive and detailed, but it tends to be geared toward people who are already familiar with the system.
    What can this strange device be?
    When I touch it, it gives forth a sound
    It's got wires that vibrate and give music
    What can this thing be that I found?

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    That's the problem though. The documentation is great... if you've been Linux'ing for awhile.

    The real question is, how do we get noobs to know what's important and how they can rock their system?

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    BTW, just found these today:

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    Windows is AWESOME.

    This guy is brilliant!

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    Quote Originally Posted by MutantJohn View Post
    I think one of the biggest problems with learning Linux is that no distro comes with a "Here's useful things to get you started" guide.
    Isn't there, though?

    Quote Originally Posted by MutantJohn View Post
    Yes, Linux works best with the command line. No, this isn't a bad thing.
    Well not always. I think there are some tasks that are nicer and faster to do with a GUI and mouse. Sometimes said tasks are even smoother to perform than on Windows, but sometimes the other way around, too.

    Quote Originally Posted by MutantJohn View Post
    It's most useful to the user to tell them about commands like : mv, mkdir, cp, rm and how these function like their GUI counterparts.

    But there's a lot of other useful features not mentioned. For example, tab-to-autocomplete, up/down arrow keys to cycle through command history.
    Back when I was a Guh New Slash Linux n00b, I didn't see much usefulness in the CLI, honestly. Like Elysia I wondered why I should bother with "cd" "ls" and "mv", when I could just easily do it in Dolphin. But, once I saw how efficiently you could perform otherwise excruciating tasks with the magic of pipes and grep/sed/awk/ack/etc. The closest thing Windows has to this near-utopia is PowerShell, which feels like it was literally made with the intention of influencing it's users to commit suicide (before you complain about my misuse of the word "literally", I dare you to try it out ), and Cygwin, which is messy, and you might as well be using a *nix at that point!

    Quote Originally Posted by MutantJohn View Post
    Another huge issue where a GUI would be useful is in configuring .bashrc files. Doing this by hand is a giant pain the butt and can be quite confusing.
    How so? The reason it (probably) doesn't exist is because those "configuration" files are actually init scripts. Full fledged scripts.

    Quote Originally Posted by MutantJohn View Post
    I think Linux just suffers from poor documentation, tbh.
    I agree with Elkvis, but I don't strictly disagree with you either. Documentation for any OS or software tends to be lacking once you wander from the wide path. There are some gems though, RFCs and the like are usually fantastic when you need them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Yarin View Post
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    I think we can all be friends, probably, without needing to touch private parts.

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