Published on 7th October 2005 by
The part that scares me all the time is that damn "compile the kernel" and such, and also whether I can honestly run my games, which is harder on linux.
Originally Posted by lord nicon21i don't find Fedora that best i like "ubuntu" thats great ;)
Originally Posted by aneillans
The kernel, although initially intimidating, is not that complex
Originally Posted by BluephoenixLinux is good as a Server/NAS/Networking OS, it does those obs very well, but is not suitable for desktop use.
Originally Posted by BluephoenixKubuntu/Ubuntu is probably the closes thing to a user freindly system that the linux community has come up with, but still requres a lot of work to be an option for regualr consumers particularly in the idiot-proofing department.
Originally Posted by Bluephoenixwhat most people need to realize is that the OS needs to have an extremely shallow learning curve, that way the consumer with the IQ of a goldfish can use it just as effectively as a techno-nerd.
The long story is that, even though Vi is somewhat awkward to use at first, it enables fast, simple, and effective editing once you get the hang of it. A key concept in Vi is combining a certain action (delete, copy to buffer, capitalize, etc.) with a movement (go to line 25, go to end of document, go to next occurrence of "foo," go to 2nd occurrence of character "x" in this line, etc.). The action is performed on all lines or characters between the current cursor position and the destination cursor position. Vi is extremely powerful in moving around within (or between) files---Vim in particular is excellent. You can jump to a specific line, to the line where you were before jumping to the current line, to the line in the middle of the screen, to the line where you just changed "foo" into "bar," etc. You'll never have to mess with arrow keys to move around within a file. Finally, I observe that an effective Vi user simply edits files faster than Emacs people. Last but not least, you don't need a third hand (or nose) to type impossible key combinations. Don't get me wrong: Emacs is a great operating system---it lacks a good editor, though.
Vi has its dark sides, too. The biggest one is the need to step back before leaping forward when you are new to Vi. You cannot use Vi properly before knowing at least a handful of commands. This makes the threshold rather high. Vi doesn't get fast before you know 25 commands or so, and you won't be the cool dude(tte) before you know even more. Note that this is also true for Emacs. However, Emacs is much easier to use as a newbie.
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