hushpuppy wrote:If you can wait, and if it helps, this weekend I'm planning to write up a howto for installing Qt apps such as qterminal, using zerozero's howto as a starting point.
I'm always happy to read and to follow along and try anything I can because I need all the Linux learning excercises I can lay my hands on.
I worked in support in an MS shop all my life, got into the whole IT thingy back in the late '80s and It's been my favorite subject/hobby/job ever since then. Due to time considerations I only ever dabbled in Linux in the early 2Ks, but it's always been there; I've always been aware and intrigued by it. Now that I'm retired It's recently become the full time focus. Only five months experience so far.
What I'm getting at here is that I often think of what an incredible amount of knowledge can just "soak in" by osmosis in all that time. I'm not used to anything being non-intuitive. When I'm on the other side, everything just goes by, bang, bang, bang -- because of the familiarity. One just doesn't realize how much familiarity affects things! I'm not used to blundering around in something, rather I'm used to knowing exactly what to do an any given situation.
So now I've adopted Linux, and all that's gone!
Never was any concept driven home harder than that of familiarity
=user-friendly=intuitive! My goal here is for Linux to eventually become closer to second nature, as the other side did after all those years -- not that one is ever "finished learning" any branch of any field or subject. I know it's gonna take a long time, but hopefully it doesn't have to be as
long, because of all the general knowledge one soaks up during all that time.
One "general knowledge" example. When you mentioned in an earlier post "vi > emacs", even though I had never used either one, my reaction went like this:
again? Still? After all these years? He's gotta be kidding. Man, these folks are dedicated!" Although I had never used either one, I had been aware of the controversy since back in the dim past... Read thru many a usenet flame-war I did.
Edit: Come to think of it, there was some vi/emacs experience on VMS back in the early 90s. I had long ago forgotten! Most of those memories have to do with soldering com ports onto broken vt-220s and making serial cables. As I think more on this, I believe I did prefer vi, something about the emacs interface, if memory serves (??). What we seem to have now is vim. I wonder if its advent also sparked a war amongst the hard-core vi folks...
I will follow along with you and the many other Linux old-timers in this and other fora and learn as much as I can soak up. Another thing I've learned in all these years is that it's often not something you can force, even with all the motivation in the world. Sometimes it just requires time and close proximity. Sometimes you just have to take a break, sit back and... I don't know. Let it integrate, or settle. I have a tendency to push it too hard, and end up going off half cocked without taking enough time to think about it and let things gel. But at least I have fun! The best part is, hey, it ain't a Job
any more! That part can really ruin a thing sometimes.