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Karl O. Pinc

Member since: Jan 9th, 2008

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Flipping the Linux switch: Text editors for new users (Download Squad)

Jan 14th 2008 1:05PM I fail to understand why emacs is considered to have a "steep learning curve". There is one and only one thing to remember: hold down the control key and press the X key, keep the control key down and press the C key. That stops emacs.

Otherwise emacs is entirely painless. You type "emacs filename" to edit a file. The arrow keys do what you expect, the backspace key works, whatever you type is put into the file where the cursor is. When your done you hold down the control key and press XC and emacs asks if you want to save the file. What's so hard?

Flipping the Linux switch: Package management 101 (Download Squad)

Jan 14th 2008 12:57PM Zach said: "Is it really that difficult to have one universal package that will work with all distro's?"

Yes. It's approximately as difficult as having one universal package that will work on Macs, Microsoft Windows 3.2, 98, ME, XP, and Vista, SunOS, IBM mainframes, and your cell phone.

If you need to install software that does not come with your Linux distribution then either become an expert or pick another Linux distribution. The nice thing about Linux is that you actually _have_ these 2 options available.

Flipping the Linux switch: 5 tips every new Linux user should know (Download Squad)

Jan 9th 2008 12:56PM I don't hear anybody commenting on one of the most important rules of all: Install only software provided by your Linux distributor. (Especially drivers. There's a reason they say "Use binary-only drivers, hate life.")

If you install software from hither and yon, your Linux system will suffer from the same problems your MS Windows system does: incompatible drivers; mismatched versions; out of date insecure software; mis-matched libraries (dlls in MS speak); inability to install security fixes, bug fixes, enhanced software, and other system upgrades without experiencing breakage and unreliability, and generally having your system turn to muck and require a complete disk wipe and re-install every few years. Your Linux distributor has done all necessary systems integration; install third-party software at your own peril.

Linux can run for years and years, all the while while running the latest software, without re-installs, by following this simple rule.

(Disclaimer: Your upgrade experience may vary depending upon the Linux distribution chosen.)