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>> 1. Re: ILUG Digest, Vol 42, Issue 16 (Tadeusz Cantwell)
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> Date: Thu, 16 Apr 2009 11:44:43 +0100
> From: Tadeusz Cantwell <t4dc4n at gmail.com>
> Subject: [ILUG] Re: ILUG Digest, Vol 42, Issue 16
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>> Date: Thu, 16 Apr 2009 08:24:17 +0100
>> From: "Frank Murphy (Frankly3D)" <frankly3d at gmail.com>
>> Subject: [ILUG] Basic Into to Linux, need Ideas?
>> To: ILUG Users Group <ilug at linux.ie>
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>>>> Have convinced my local community thingey to allow me organise a
>> "Introduction to Linux" course\lessons.
>>>> Which have been proprietry focused up to now.
>> Using LiveCD's, what sort of lesson content,
>> should I try include.
>> As I have no "teacher" type experience.
>>>>>> What area is it in. If its close to me I'd like to go. I just have some
> basic experience, but theres lots I don't know.
>> As well as doing the wow compiz part at the start, show them its also not
> very different to windows. In that here is your browser, office program,
> etc. People I meet think its really difficult because its new.
>> Don't go into the kernel, distros, Linus, GNU etc at the start, that will
> loose most people.
>>Recently involved in delivering a similar course. Gentle introduction.
We found that Kubuntu 8.04.2 LTS is very accessible for Windows users,
very stable (KDE 3) and contains almost all expected functionality.
System Settings is similar to the Control Panel concept. Menu is in the
expected place etc. KDE 3 is sufficiently mature so that almost
everything can be done through the GUI keeping new users away from the
bash shell command line (for now). Install kubuntu-restricted-extras
straight away to avoid issues later. Hardware support is extremely good
in this distro.
The software choices for new users can be quite daunting and users
generally wanted recommendations for software. Sticking with
Thunderbird, Firefox is a good idea. Songbird is almost a drop in
replacement for iTunes. KDE's own Kopete works well for all major IM
accounts in one place. The Kdenlive interface is very similar to Adobe
Premier Pro for video editing. Digikam is a familiar interface for photo
management. OpenOffice.org etc.
What I'd suggest is to choose your own software recommendations for
everyday computing tasks and step users through these. What we found was
that users could migrate very easily if you provide them with direct
replacements for their software needs. We had users go away with the
Live CD after the first day and come back saying they installed on home
PCs without much trouble. Success!
Migration is the first step on the path to determined Linux users, you
should aim to keep it simple and based on real-life requirements not
effects / glitz / smoke and mirrors.
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