Glenn I think you're right to a certain extent and I have been where you
are. It is a steep learning curve but you don't need to move up it
particularly quickly. Part of the difficulty you have is that you
need/want to get a modem going as this can prove to be difficult - or
impossible - even for the gurus depending on the specific hardware.
Being on DSL or cable certainly makes things simpler, it will probably
"just work". I spent some years continually frustrated by one thing or
another, feeling incredibly stupid at times since so many little things
would baffle me, and I have a background of some years successfully
doing nearly any windows-based setup and networking I desired. However
when I look back at my early windows days, there was pain there too!
I hung in there despite the setbacks, asked questions on linux lists,
googled, and didn't give up. Distros improved but so did my
understanding of linux administration. My path has taken me through
various distros as I've learnt, and my experience these days is that
nearly everything works out of the box (I'm generally talking kubuntu).
However there will be something that does/will not and I live with that
and look to the next release. Where something different will cause me
grief. But I hang in there, I'm looking forward to Intrepid Ibex's
release tomorrow or the next day and will give it a spin, perhaps this
will be the one where everything "just works" . . .
Glenn Stuart Morrissey wrote:
I don't think linux has the advantage when It
comes to complete novices
like me. I think Windows, with all its faults, still is easier to set up
and run out of the box than Linux. I think it has a way to go before it
is serious competition with windows for anyone other than advanced
computer users. The learning curve is very steep. Its such a shame
because Linux seems so attractive.
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