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Re: [LUG] Linux Training


On 13/02/17 13:21, Neil via list wrote:
> A while ago a friend asked me if I would be willing to teach him about
> Linux. I said I would think about it. Since then his circumstances
> have changed and he has moved away from the area. However, it got me
> thinking about this, especially as I know that some of the people on
> the list are interested in getting more converts to the cause.  So
> here are some of my thoughts and questions.
> The scenario is that someone has asked me to get them started on
> Linux, having heard that it is a good system and being fed up with
> Windows.
> First thing, the computer. I just do not like the dual boot with
> Windows set up, I think it can easily cause problems. So, we need an
> old computer which is no longer required, not too old I hope, or even
> a new one bought especially for the purpose.
> Next comes the big question, which distro? I use Xubuntu so I know the
> xfce desktop well. There are other recommended distros for beginners
> such as Peppermint and Linux Lite which also use xfce. But what about
> others that I don't know so well? Would it be fair to restrict them to
> a distro just because I know it well, or would that simply be the
> sensible thing to do?
> Then, how should we start? I could  begin at the beginning with
> downloading the iso file, getting it on to a USB stick and then
> installing it. Or perhaps it would be better to do all that myself and
> to go straight to working with the new distro and come back to the
> installation etc afterwards.
> 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? 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.
> 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.
> 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. Providing training in Linux should not be taken
> lightly. It is quite a commitment. Or, to put it another way, a
> nightmare.
> Any comments would be welcomed,
> Neil
I would go with a Virtualbox VM .. I have yet to do it fully myself, but
its on the top of the to-do list ...


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