Saturday, October 17th, 2009

Linux Newbie Guides

October 7, 2009 by Clair Ching  
Filed under Geeky Fun

Linux Newbie Guides

Everyone needs something to get started. For Linux newbies, it is overwhelming because there are so many articles and blogs that talk about Linux, this one included. There are two guides on MakeUseOf that caught my eye. The MakeUseOf guide with the title “A Newbie’s Initiation to Linux” and the TLDP guide to Linux.
Straightforward, no non-sense and not intimidating
he MakeUseOf guide covers different topics and it also tackles the different desktop environments that are commonly used like KDE, GNOME and XFCE. It gives screenshots to introduce the look and feel these desktop environments have. There …read more

But Linux Looks So Different…

September 4, 2009 by Clair Ching  
Filed under Migration

But Linux Looks So Different…

When migrating to Linux, some users find it easier if the desktop environment looked close enough to Windows. Why? Because the familiarity gives them enough comfort to click around and do something. It also gives them the feeling that it’s not going to be too different, at least when it comes to them using their computers. My mom and sister will kill me if I make them use Openbox or Ratpoison as their window managers, same thing goes if I installed Enlightenment or Windowmaker. They will end up feeling too weirded out by the …read more

Potpourri: Upgrading to ALSA 1.0.20, Quake Live, Intro to vi

August 20, 2009 by Clair Ching  
Filed under Geeky Fun, Links

Potpourri: Upgrading to ALSA 1.0.20, Quake Live, Intro to vi

Today let’s look at the following:

vi introduction
Upgrading to Alsa 1.0.20 on Ubuntu Jaunty
Quake Live to Support Linux

vi Introduction

Not all newbies know what vi is. vi happens to be a text editor in Linux and it’s available on the command line. This editor has modes and it could be quite confusing to those who are just starting out. But there are practical reasons for learning vi such as going mouse-less, editing files on a remote Linux machine, and chances are you need to know how to use vi and this will be tested when you take exams for …read more

List of Guides for Linux Newbies

August 5, 2009 by Clair Ching  
Filed under Links

List of Guides for Linux Newbies

Every one of us would need to learn something about Linux and we all go through that ‘newbie’ phase. Here are some sites and blogs that Linux newbies could take a look at and learn from. Using Linux does not need to be so lonely, after all.

The Ultimate Linux Newbie Guide – This website’s blog has various links to articles and guides for Linux users especially newbies. But you could also go straight to their guide for Linux newbies. It even has sections to let you understand what GNOME and KDE are. You …read more

Newbies Welcome Here

April 12, 2009 by Clair Ching  
Filed under Announcements, advocacy

Newbies Welcome Here

If this is the first time you’re reading this blog, well, let me welcome you to my space here on everyjoe.com and I hope that you find something useful for you.  I’ve got some how-to’s and some information about fun and geeky stuff here that you might want to check out.
I am not an expert in terms of sys ad skills and stuff like that but I do love using Linux. I am just like one of you who — I am looking for ways to improve the way my computer works while using Linux. And it’s not …read more

What is the best way to learn Linux?

June 26, 2008 by Clair Ching  
Filed under General

What is the best way to learn Linux?

I say get down and dirty with it.
There’s no other way than to use Linux and the apps bundled in the distro you’ve chosen to work/play with. It’s the only way you’d figure out if Linux would meet or solve your needs and wants. It’s also the only way to let you learn if you could use it for day to day tasks. It’s true that no one distro is able to give you everything you need but at least you have a better idea of what’s with Linux. Reading the manual, scouring forums and mailing …read more


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