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  1. Dana

    Dana New Member

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    Hello everyone!

    I'm Dana, and fairly new to Linux. I have some background in computer administration, but only enough to make me think I'm a bit dangerous. Of course, in reality, I'm more of a threat to the kids' treats in the cupboard than I am to any computer system!

    The last time that I tried Linux was back when I was in college. The interface was clunky and it was difficult to do anything. There was more mounting and un-mounting in an hour than one would like. And it was confusing! Definitely difficult for someone such as myself to wrap my brain around. It was easier to just pay somebody to put it all together for me and be done with it.

    For several years, I was a loyal Microsoft user. My computers had to be replaced at least every 2 years if not sooner due to wear and tear. I work on my computers, study on my computers, play games, etc, so they get a ton of use. I would get at least 5 viruses each year. And when one got so bad that it'd wipe out the entire system, or infect the factory installation, I'd just replace the computer. Computer running slow? Cheaper to replace it than to find someone to fix it. Since I'm not a rich woman, replacing the computers often meant giving up a paycheck to do so.

    Last weekend, I caught a virus that wiped out several system files. YUCK. I did the whole factory reload thing and started reinstalling my software. I installed my Office Pro Professional 2010, and tried t activate it. It wouldn't activate. I called the activation line and they refused to activate it. They said it had been flagged for having been activated too many times. I was stuck in WTF land for a short while. My husband says to me, "that's why so many people download it illegally!" Of course, that gave me the bright idea to hop onto one of my other computers and search for an activation key.

    In my mind, I paid for the program legitimately. I wasn't pirating software, I was merely getting what I paid for! Of course, in my attempts, I also wound up infecting that machine, too. It had to be reloaded as well. It definitely was not my brightest moment.


    Finally, out of pure frustration, I decided I'd look at Linux again. I had actually been considering it for some time, and just needed a bit more incentive. I've wiped my machines, so it wasn't like I'd lose anything major again. I wanted the most user friendly experience that I could get. I don't like fussing with computers much. I'd rather just load it and go. I looked first at Linux Mint. I read one review that said it required users to completely re-install the OS frequently. That definitely was not what I wanted.

    So, I looked at Ubuntu. While the reviews said it would require some configuration, it was a stable platform that didn't require as many complete re-installations. I loaded it onto a disk and tried it out. It was fast! I mean, brand new computer kind of fast. And it was simple. Much easier than the Linux I had tried before. I decided to install it. The installation was faster than any I had done before with Microsoft and required very little input from me. I also didn't have to load up a ton of drivers either. And using it was so simple and easy!

    Ubuntu is now being installed on my entire network. Of course, there are still some things that have to be configured but these are mostly to accommodate Windows based programs. Those items are what brings me here today. Expect a lot of questions, and trust me, if you're banging your head on the wall wondering why I just don't get it yet, then I'm probably banging mine even harder!

    Thanks, in advance, for all of your assistance.

    Dana
  2. Rob

    Rob Administrator Staff Member

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    Dana,

    Welcome to Linux Forum! I believe this time around you'll learn to love Linux and be able to appreciate the benefits of an always working, always there when you need it OS.
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  3. Dana

    Dana New Member

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    Honestly, I am already loving it! I've had Chrome, Chromium, and Firefox open on my computer for three days. Each browser has at least 10, if not more, tabs open. I also have Thunderbird and Pigeon going, and Libre Excel. I am having no memory issues at all. Each one is running nice and smoothly, my computer is not lagging. I love it!

    The only issues I'm having revolve around Windows based programs I need to install so that I can fully switch to Linux. I posted one of them to the General Computing forum. I'm hoping to hear an answer soon.
  4. Mohanasmith

    Mohanasmith New Member

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    welcome abroad just splash of the moment with your presence here
  5. kirsteen

    kirsteen New Member

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    Hello Everyone!
    Me is a web developer and mostly worked in .aspx or PHP. whereas now just gonna jump in linux system
  6. Kaimanasmith

    Kaimanasmith New Member

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    hey there welcome to the forum..i hope you are having a great time out here..anyway i wish you a very pleasant and an enjoyable stay out here..

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