Testing The Usability of Linux

This is the first test of trying to use my Linux PC as a backup for my Windows PC. I am interested in finding some of the immediate problems that a novice, such as myself, would have in using Linux as my primary engine for blogging. Linux definitely takes some getting used to.

When you start using Linux, you have to decide which presentation format you want. The two largest are Gnome and KDE. In the past I had used KDE on SuSE 10.0.

Recently I had downloaded a copy of UBUNTU, which is Gnome based, and tried it. It was really pretty slick and installed quite easily on the PC I have dedicated to Linux. You can download it, burn a cd, and try it without installing it, by just running off of the CD. If you want to see what Linux is all about, it is an easy way to try it.

While I liked UBUNTU, I wanted to get back to SuSE so I am now running SuSE 10.0 with the Gnome interface.

The first thing I needed to do was to create a similar environment on Linux that I had on Windows. I needed all my files that I normally use with my photos, bloggings, etc. Eventually, I will have this working via LAN, but for now, I chose to use the portable external disk that I bought from Alex at INFOX to move my files.

I plugged it into the USB slot on the Linux PC and the drive showed up. I then drug the files I wanted over to the Documents directory of Linux. I was concerned that since the disk had been created by Windows, it wouldn’t be read by Linux, but it worked fine.

I use Microsoft Word to write my posts in Windows and am using Open Office for that function on Linux. I have organized my posts into folders by month on Windows. When I copied the folders over to my Documents directory, I retained the same organization. One of the first things I have noticed is that when I save a document using Open Office, I can’t put it into a subdirectory of my Document directory. I will therefore have to save in Documents and move it to the subdirectory manually. This is sort of a pain.

Since I post to my Blog using a browser, that will be no different. Some of the next things I will have to figure out is how easy or hard it is to import the photos from my camera into Linux. If it works like the external drive, then it will be no problem. I also need to see what ftp utility I have on Linux but one ftp program is pretty much like another, so I don’t expect a problem there.

2 thoughts on “Testing The Usability of Linux

  1. Don Ray,

    Congratulations on moving on with Linux. I use Ubuntu on my laptop and find that I like its update system and software installation system over SuSE’s YAST. Of course, YMMV :).

    I’m not clear on why you can’t save the .odt files to your Window’s based directory unless it’s mounted read-only or the space in the filename is messing up OOo. Since you can manually move the files, it doesn’t seem to be read-only — hmmmm.

  2. I just checked and what I said was not correct. I said what I intended to do and not what I did. You are correct and the Windows based directory is marked “read only”. I assume that is the reason for the lock icon on the Windows folders.

    It appears that all Windows’ directories and subdirectories and files are marked with the lock icon. Duh! I noticed the lock icon and ignored it. I wonder if there is a way to copy all the files as non-read only. I hate to have to manually change the permissions on each file individually.

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