Imagine, if you will… You join a support group to work through a problem in your life, you show up for the first meeting, you introduce yourself and when it comes time for you to talk you say:
“Hi, I have a small problem I’d li…”
People in the group immediately start pointing at you and shouting before you can get another word out:
“You’re doing something wrong!”
“You is clueless!”
“Go read a book!”
“You’re an idiot”
“Really? As if…”
“Crawl back into the hole you came out of!”
What would you do? Personally, I’d probably gather up my coat and hat and head for the door.
Welcome to the Dark Side of the Linux Community! I often hear from folks who had just this scenario play out when they first started out with Linux. Many of them hold a grudge and these are the folks who routinely piss all over all things Linux every chance they get. Who can blame them?
What if you got a little heads-up before you went into the above hypothetical group? What if someone took you aside before you walked in and said, “OK, these guys are gonna jump all over you at first. Ignore it. Just don’t get into the drama and listen for a while. Someone will offer useful help but you’ll have to stick around and take some crap to get to them.” Would you then smile and wait for all the fuss to die down and then continue with your question instead of bolting for the door? I would. As long as I knew that there were people in the group who delighted in acting like jerks, then I’d be more apt to put up with it.
That’s exactly why I do what I do. I wanna be the guy who tips you off before you jump into the snake pit. The Linux world is full of incredibly helpful people who will go to great lengths to help you get through issues and guide you on your journey. Quite often, these folks are soft spoken and you have to listen carefully to hear them. Many of them have been very kind to me and I applaud them every chance I get.
Be nice to those who are nice to you and ignore the bluster. Don’t let the loudmouths scare you off… The elitists, the chest-beaters and the egomaniacs are just a small part of the Linux World. Unfortunately, they are also the ones who get the most attention on the Internet. Sort of like the rest of the world, isn’t it? Keep that in mind as you go forward and you’ll find yourself enjoying learning Linux and feeling more and more confident with it everyday.
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YOU CAN LEARN HOW TO USE LINUX! Yes, YOU!
Linux is easy!
You may have heard that Linux is hard to learn and that only hardcore computer nerds and hackers can make it work. Nothing could be further from the truth! Once you get Linux installed, it takes care of itself. It just works! Yes, you will have to learn some new things to get the most out of the experience but most long time Windows users who come to Linux find it to be much more logical and easier to maintain. Just like moving to a new house, it takes a little while to get adjusted but if it’s a nicer house than you’ve been living in it’s worth the effort.
Linux is safe!
Linux is secure and is much less vulnerable to the virus and malware threats you have to deal with on other systems. Keeping your computer up to date with all of the latest safest software is super easy and it will never install updates without your permission. You are always in control. You do not have to register with any company to run Linux and you’ll never have to create any on-line account or pay any monthly fees. Your private information is just that, private!
Linux is free!
There is no charge to install and use Linux and most of the software developed for it is available completely free of charge. I know it sounds crazy but it’s true! Open Source software is free to use, free to share and free to modify to make it even better for your particular needs. Do that with commercial software and you’re going to be called a pirate! The Open Source movement is a vast community of people from all over the world who just want to make the best software for the end user and they want to make it freely available for everyone. Simple as that. Yes, there are companies who sell software and services to the Linux user but most daily computing can be done with Open Source tools.
Linux is well supported!
There is a huge on-line community of users who are there to help resolve issues you may encounter on your Linux journey. Most of the time, a simple search will bring you step by step instructions that will help you to fix the problem.
Linux is compatible!
Anything you’ve done on your current computer can be accomplished in Linux. In most cases the software is superior to what you might be using now on your current platform. You can manage e-mail, surf the web, create documents, presentations and spreadsheets and use on-line services like Netflix and Spotify to watch movies and listen to music. Linux is compatible with all the file types you’re used to plus it adds some of it’s own. Linux even allows you to run many of your favorite Windows applications and games with a bit of configuring. It’s also possible to run a complete Windows installation within Linux, if you so desire.
How does one-on-one support from EzeeLinux work?
Whether you want to completely start over with Linux or you just want to give it a try on a second machine, EzeeLinux can make it a breeze. Just drop us a line using our contact page and choose the topic Get Me On Linux!. We’ll set up a time to chat about exactly what you want to do with Linux. We can talk using Skype or phone. If you live in the US, we’ll call you so it will be a free call. We’ll talk about your hardware and whether it’s ready for Linux and we’ll discuss just exactly what it is you do with a computer so we can work together to choose the best software for you. If you decide to go forward with the installation, then we’ll work together to ensure that your data is backed up, that you get the right installation media and that your PC is compatible with Linux. Then, and only then, will we go through the install process. We’ll stick with you until the job is done and you’re satisfied.
How much does EzeeLinux cost?
We are a community outreach project and do not charge for our services. Gratuities are more than welcome and they help to keep the project going. Please contact us if you’d like to know more about how you can contribute to EzeeLinux.
What distributions of Linux does EzeeLinux support?
We offer installation services and support for Linux Mint and Ubuntu. There are many different Desktop Environments available. Which one you decide to install will depend on your hardware, your specific needs and what kind of desktop experience you desire.
The fine print.
EzeeLinux is a personal consulting service that helps you get started with Linux. We do not necessarily guarantee that Linux will perfectly fit your use-case scenario. The client assumes all risk associated with replacing an existing operating system! The choice to remove your current software and replace it with Linux is entirely yours and EzeeLinux cannot be held responsible for any loss of personal data or loss of productivity caused by the installation process. If the client requests anything other than a full hardware install of Linux on a stand alone machine, as in a dual boot or Virtual Machine implementation of Linux, EzeeLinux will support the Linux installation itself but not the host operating system, hypervisor or other operating systems installed alongside Linux on said machine. Configuration of Windows or Macintosh OS X machines to work with Linux’s Samba Network Server is the responsibility of the client. EzeeLinux will gladly advise any client on how to remove Linux from their hardware and install another OS but will not be responsible for restoring the old system to it’s original state or ensuring that a new installation of Windows or OS X is configured to meet the client’s needs. EzeeLinux will make every effort to determine whether the client’s hardware will be Linux compatible during the consultation but it is impossible to guarantee complete compatibility with peripheral hardware such as printers, wireless adapters, web-cams or any other USB device. The purchase of new compatible hardware may be the only solution and it is the client’s responsibility. EzeeLinux will not be held responsible for any extra costs associated with an installation of Linux.