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Re: [LUG] Linux Training


On 13/02/17 13:46, Grant Phillips-Sewell wrote:

It depends really on the interest level of the individual. I would say
that a "good" setup for someone looking to migrate to Linux would be one
where initially their other operating system is still available, but not
immediately so. A quick change to the GRUB menu so it goes straight into
Linux rather then presenting a menu. They would still be able to boot
into their other operating system by rebooting and holding the Shift key
so the GRUB menu is presented, but don't necessarily tell them that
off-the-bat. My reasoning is that if people can see that they have an
easy escape route when something becomes slightly taxing, then they'll
take it again and again. Completely obliterating their existing
operating system is an option, but simply making the escape route less
easy can help.

My idea for an escape route is to keep Linux on a separate machine.

I would personally recommend giving someone a distro that is well
supported by the community and that you are familiar with. Ubuntu tends
to be my distro of choice for this, despite being a Debian user myself.
One of the key things the user should understand is that there is a
/choice/. If they find that they like to dig around and change things up
a bit, then they are more than welcome to do so... but for the sake of
getting them up to speed with using the system, I prefer Ubuntu.

And Xubuntu is based on Ubuntu. I could not help much with the gnome desktop as I have never used it.

When you buy a new computer, you normally do not get the opportunity to
experience the installation part of the process. However many of the
initial MCSE training courses, and I believe the RHCE training courses
also frequently start with "installing the system". These days it is
remarkably easy to do and is very well documents, so there shouldn't
really be too much standing in the way of doing this.

Have to decide depending on the trainee.

    Most Windows users know little or nothing about using a terminal
    screen, yet it is so useful and powerful. So what would be the best
    way to get that across?

Do they /need/ to use it initially? Too much "wow, isn't this stuff
powerful" can be a massive turn-off for many. Teach them that the
environment is different but familiar. When they are ready to progress
to "the next level" then command line love can be shown.

Thanks for that advice. No they don't need to use it at first, but I would introduce it fairly early on.

    I think this would be one of the stumbling blocks to the whole
    scheme. Yet I feel that it is a very important part of the training.

That depends on what the training is for. If the training is set out to
get someone up to speed with managing Linux systems remotely from the
command line, then absolutely. If the training is set out to get desktop
users up and running and working in a comfortable environment, then
maybe give the command line a miss for now?

Again, something to think about.

    Then the packages. Inevitably my personal likes and dislikes are
    going to come into this. For example, the browser. I hate
    Chrome/Chromium. I think that Firefox has become too bloated, so it
    is installed but rarely used. I do use one called Pale Moon (what FF
    should have become), and also a fairly new one called Vivaldi, which
    is my current favourite. There will be other package examples as
    well, no doubt. Of course, if it is one I Iike then it will be one I
    know well and should be one that I therefore teach well.

But what if the trainee doesn't like it? Linux is all about choice,
after all. Again, I would teach them about the default applications that
it comes with, teach them about the different choices, and teach them
how to install other applications.

Thanks again. More to consider.

    There are other questions that came to my mind about all this, but I
    don't want to keep on too long. However, one final thought, it would
    not be a good idea, or fair,  to set them up and then just leave
    them to it. They will have problems and questions, a fairly steep
    learning curve, so I ought to be available  to provide help and
    further training for some time.

    I must admit that, when I heard that my friend was moving away, one
    reaction was relief.

Are you providing "training" or "support"? The line between the two is
often blurry.

I would consider it training, but some support would be needed in the early days.

    Providing training in Linux should not be taken lightly. It is quite
    a commitment. Or, to put it another way, a nightmare.

Training indeed can be a nightmare. But then if it was easy, everybody
would do it and we wouldn't need teachers.

As somebody who runs an IT training business, I can definitely vouch for
it being a commitment, and one that I made many years ago.

I am always around and happy to discuss teaching and training.

Grant. :)

Thanks again. I will remember that. Perhaps I will be lucky and no one else will ask me.


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