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Helping new users - basic starts and attitudes

Timothy Payne wrote:
On Sat, 2004-12-04 at 16:03 -0500, Robert P. J. Day wrote:

On Sat, 4 Dec 2004, Matthew Wood wrote:

I am very new to linux, in fact i have only used it for about 2
hours before i wrote this email. i cannot write anything to the
following directory /user/local/lib. I need to be able to, so that i
an install MPlayer. How can i resolve this.

You have to be the root user to install in this directory. This is similar to administrator in Windows. After you get the program installed in the desired directory, it should run fine as user joe normal.

Good luck and it might help you on your venture to read some getting started with linux material. It is not as tough to learn modern Linux as it was with earlier versions, but basic Linux administration is ery helpful.


I purchased a copy of RH 5.1 in 1998 and signed up for the mailing list.
After reading posts like the one from Mr. Day, and getting a few myself,
I vowed never to subscribe to another list.

I bought RHL 5.2 and previously bought RHL 4.2 to learn UNIX commands and to hopefully get a job working with Unix systems. Previously, I installed and configured Minux in order to learn Unix. I didn't think of joining any Linux related lists and just fumbled through the man pages and info pages for answers to configuration issues. RHL 5.2 with netscape, wordperfect trial and other multimedia content got me hoked on Linux.

Anyway, when RHL was touring for the IBM sponsored tour for RHL8, someone mentioned a local LUG at the meeting/demonstration. I joined the local LUG and then when reading messages related to beta testing, I joined up for the Phoebe test lists. I have found that these lists expose a person to a wealth of information on Linux in general and gently steer users in the right direction. As a list with many different personalities and with so many different methods for resolving issues, there are bound to be personality conflicts and opinions that one should know more than what another expects a person longer exposed to Liux to think.

Basically, I think the list is a great help to others and has taught me a quite a lot about the Lnux computer environment. Hopefully, new users and ling time users can take these factors for people in their general thoughts and avoid conflicts with each other that can degrade one for asking a question for guidance.
Of course, I have been hardened from crticism by talking Linux where most (90+ percent of users use windows). This makes the tone of this list quite a bit milder in my observations.

I gave in 6 years later and tried this one, and was pleasantly

Hate is like acid.  It can damage the vessel in which it is stored as well
as destroy the object on which it is poured.

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