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    Ubuntu is a lady


    By way of introduction, I am new on here but not to planet Earth, being 75 years of age and having first entered the cosmos of computers in 1963. I wrote my first program on an IBM 1401 with 16 K memory, no disk and one tape drive. Working my way through a myriad of OS and software packages, word processors and such**, I have arrived at Ubuntu. Actually this my third try at Ubuntu, having scrapped it twice before out of frustration.

    But then Ubuntu is free and one should not expect too much from free. Ubuntu is like a fine lady, coquettish and subtle. If you ply her with romance and intrigue, she will respond. If, however, you attack her with grimaces and loud cries, she will shun you and play tricks on you. She yields only to the one who will knock on her door every morning for a year. Then she knows you are serious. Now she will reveal her secrets whilst looking down at you with disdain.

    I have finally romanced her sufficiently to see a DVD play, to watch my USB wireless card work, to affirm that sound works, that updates work. I have been able to ferret out how to install plugins and new software and to update, although I have no idea what it updated or why.

    Be gentle with her and she will share herself with you. Be loud and crude and you will be disappointed.

    ** SPS, Autocoder, Full Autocoder, COBOL, FORTRAN, RPG, RPG II, SDA, DFU, CL, SSP, BASIC, DOS, DRDOS, Windows 95, 98, ME, XP, Windows 7, UBUNTU

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    Welcome to the forums merlyn645! It is an honour to have someone with us who has dedicated so many years in the world of computing! Not all of here are Spring chickens. I'm on my way to 53!

    In case you haven't been in the Linux world long enough to have seen it, there is an adage in the community... "Linux IS user-friendly; it's just choosy about who its friends are." Sounds like you're well on your way to being a good friend to Linux!
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    Howdy and Welcome. As the Linux girl says. "I said I was free. Not Easy"
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    Welcome to the forum.

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    I don't know, I just love posts like this... I am always on the look for posts by hazel and other old timers I happen to respect and admire deeply... merlyn645, I will read your threads...
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    Quote Originally Posted by merlyn645 View Post
    By way of introduction, I am new on here but not to planet Earth, being 75 years of age and having first entered the cosmos of computers in 1963. I wrote my first program on an IBM 1401 with 16 K memory, no disk and one tape drive. Working my way through a myriad of OS and software packages, word processors and such**, I have arrived at Ubuntu. Actually this my third try at Ubuntu, having scrapped it twice before out of frustration.

    But then Ubuntu is free and one should not expect too much from free. Ubuntu is like a fine lady, coquettish and subtle. If you ply her with romance and intrigue, she will respond. If, however, you attack her with grimaces and loud cries, she will shun you and play tricks on you. She yields only to the one who will knock on her door every morning for a year. Then she knows you are serious. Now she will reveal her secrets whilst looking down at you with disdain.

    I have finally romanced her sufficiently to see a DVD play, to watch my USB wireless card work, to affirm that sound works, that updates work. I have been able to ferret out how to install plugins and new software and to update, although I have no idea what it updated or why.

    Be gentle with her and she will share herself with you. Be loud and crude and you will be disappointed.

    ** SPS, Autocoder, Full Autocoder, COBOL, FORTRAN, RPG, RPG II, SDA, DFU, CL, SSP, BASIC, DOS, DRDOS, Windows 95, 98, ME, XP, Windows 7, UBUNTU
    Very well said! Thank You!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by daacosta View Post
    I don't know, I just love posts like this... I am always on the look for posts by hazel and other old timers I happen to respect and admire deeply... merlyn645, I will read your threads...

    Moderator Edit: <removed non-English portion of post - not in compliance with forum rules>

    Sorry, it's been a while since I tried Spanish.
    Last edited by oz; 10-08-2010 at 03:35 PM.

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    Ok, so they don't like Spanish

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