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harii4


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PostPosted: Thu 12 Jul 2012, 22:10    Post subject:  

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I also like mucking around in the .xinitrc, which is dangerous.


Midnight Commander is good at fixing .xinitrc as well as backing the file up. Smile
.xinitrc.bak

or copy and paste from the live-cd.

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Gnuxo

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PostPosted: Fri 13 Jul 2012, 02:37    Post subject:  

I was never really good at using Midnight Commander.

Have you tried Ranger? I heard it's pretty good.
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PostPosted: Fri 13 Jul 2012, 11:44    Post subject:  

hi Gnuxo, i did not mean to be harsh there, sorry about that. Just tryin to keep the thread on the topic of making life easier for NON-experts.

Gnuxo wrote:
I also like mucking around in the .xinitrc, which is dangerous.

exactly-- you know enough to be dangerous. The feature you suggested would help you, because you understand what it's for and when to use it.

which is the exact opposite of what i'm suggesting here-- life-preservers for users who would not be experimenting under the hood, and who just need an OS that works, and keeps working even if they install a bunch of crap that breaks the OS.

cheers!

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Gnuxo

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PostPosted: Fri 13 Jul 2012, 12:18    Post subject:  

Please don't assume that I know what I'm doing.

I'm only learning myself.

Which is why sometimes it would be nice if I couldn't save those changes.

I know that you meant no disrespect. It just sometimes depends on the person.

Some old folks will just browse, but sometimes there are those who really want to learn the OS. I've been using linux for awhile and I'm not very technically inclined, but I want to learn a bit more.

Also windows power users, will be linux power users, whether they know linux or not.
Besides, people who've never used a computer and start with linux, will be just as confused going to windows. Laughing
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PostPosted: Sat 14 Jul 2012, 02:12    Post subject:  

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Besides, people who've never used a computer and start with linux, will be just as confused going to windows. Laughing

So True,
How much hand holding Micro$oft do?
Offer an class for X amount of CASH.

If there was an way to make it fool proof - would Micro$oft already make it?

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which is the exact opposite of what i'm suggesting here-- life-preservers for users who would not be experimenting under the hood, and who just need an OS that works, and keeps working even if they install a bunch of crap that breaks the OS.


Could put an block on so they can't download any add-on software?
Have an big puppy distro with everything but the kitchen sink - why would they need anything. Wink

Was only joking but it sounds like it just might work.

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PostPosted: Sat 14 Jul 2012, 03:25    Post subject:  

Part of the reason, apart from speed and optimised design, I choose to use Puppy, is the in between nature.

Puppy is general purpose enough to never need to use command line.
However there it is. Shocked
Top line. Shocked
Console. Shocked

Just waiting . . . Confused

Then one day you decide to go beyond typing 'ls' or 'top' and thinking you are a maverick penguin.

Maybe you read that the power of Linux is the command line.
It is. You decide to go to Puppy hacker school.
http://puppylinux.org/wikka/PuppySchoolProgramming

You have been assimilated
Resistance is futile
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