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Now that I'm committed...

There's nothing like burning a bridge or two to make you look at the landscape before you more critically.

Now that I've jettisoned Windows altogether in favor of Linux, I'm forced to face the fact that Linux, while amazingly user-friendly, good-looking and clean on its surface, is still VERY geeky under its one-electron-thick Graphical User Interface.

Case in point: Google "ubuntu sync windows mobile 6". That would be my attempt to find out whether I can synchronize my phone with my home computer.

First result is a forum. This is ALWAYS a sign that what you're looking for still exists only in the geek-o-sphere. Scroll way, way down in the forum and you find instructions. The instructions start like this:

In a terminal, type:

sudo gedit /etc/apt/sources.list

In a terminal, type code...


I mean, it's not impossible. I remember MS-DOS. I remember command prompts. But there's not the slightest chance that anyone with less computer confidence and less free time than I have will tackle it.

On the other hand, my brain is alive with the sound of learning.

This entry is cross-posted from DarkEmeralds on Dreamwidth.


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Feb. 7th, 2010 10:42 pm (UTC)
Here's a tutorial which doesn't require you to edit sources.list by hand:


This is actually the best tutorial to use -- it supersedes a lot of other ones out on the Web.

Linux does have some rough edges. Many distributions have made significant efforts towards making it more user-friendly, but no distribution has the money Microsoft has to throw at compatibility issues and make an infinite number of devices work "out of the box." A surprising number of devices can be made to work in Linux, including many that go back to antiquity, but getting them to do so does mean editing config files and typing commands.
Feb. 8th, 2010 02:28 am (UTC)
Re: Tutorial
Thank you! I had actually run across that link in my searches, but because my Ubuntu version is Karmic Koala, it didn't seem to apply to me.

And I do really like what I'm finding with Linux. The tradeoff of rough edges for a) FREE, b) open source, and c) actually working on my computer seems well worth it, and the longer-term viability of being able to continue using older devices long after Microsoft would have forced me to replace them is sustainable and just plain likable.

I'm pretty happy here in Linux land! I just need to allot a little more time to it. GIMP is amazing, as is Audacity, and I'm looking forward to exploring other applications. I'm like a kid in a candy store.
Feb. 8th, 2010 02:44 am (UTC)
Re: Tutorial
You actually can use the tutorial with Karmic Koala.

The only distribution-dependent line is:

deb http://ppa.launchpad.net/synce/ubuntu your_ubuntu_version main

where you replace your_ubuntu_version with hardy, intrepid, or jaunty, depending on which version you are running.

The tutorial was written before karmic, but you just splice in the karmic name, so:

deb http://ppa.launchpad.net/synce/ubuntu karmic main

Make sure to add the key before you add the repository, otherwise it will work but give you a nasty error message.

Anyway, I'm not trying to get into a geek pissing contest - just trying to help.

I'm glad you like Linux. I, too really like the support for older hardware. There are a couple of distributions, Damn Small Linux and Puppy Linux, that work on really old hardware, like my old 1990s Pentium laptop with no memory or hard drive to speak of; unfortunately, they have some very rough edges.

Best of luck settling in with the new system!

Edited at 2010-02-08 02:49 am (UTC)
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