No, it’s not a swear. It’s an acronym for Fear, Uncertainty, and Doubt. FUD. These are all feelings a (potential) new Linux user feels. You can add stupidity to that list, too.
That’s how I feel. Stupid. FUDS.
You see, I consider myself to be a Microsoft Windows guru. I’ve been using/working with computers since 1991 (of course there was Commodore 64 and the likes before that). Remember MS-DOS Shell? How about QBasic? The original Nibbles? I’ve been using, studying, and tinkering everything “Microsoft” since its infant years. I know my stuff.
I’ve grown to hate Microsoft (for all the usual reasons), but still love it at the same time. Then I ask myself, “Honestly, is it really love?” Nah… I think it’s more like a habit or a security blanket. Stick to what you know.
And then there’s Linux, tugging at the security blanket, charmingly threatening to take it away and offer better things for free. It’s convincing, and I’m starting to let go of that blanket.
So why do I feel stupid? Well, although I took some basic Unix/Linux classes and little Linux network administration, I’m a noobie and it’s all different and a little too difficult to learn. Linux makes me feel stupid. I don’t know my stuff. Therefore, I fear it.
Over the years, I’ve tried different flavors of Linux and it always laughed at me and didn’t quite impress me. So I do what you usually do with an inconsiderate brat. I abandoned it. I ran away, hurt, and crying back to Microsoft. A bad habit. A bad relationship.Then what happened? A new Linux flavor shows up on the scene, looking all sexy and yummy like Haagen-Dazs ice cream, threatening my relationship with Microsoft. No, it wasn’t KKE Linux (Karamel Kone Explosion Linux), but Ubuntu Linux.
So, Ubuntu made me cheat on Microsoft. Ubuntu even moved in with me and Microsoft and the funny thing is, Microsoft doesn’t even know it! Microsoft can’t even see Ubuntu! In other words, I have a dual-boot system with Windows XP Professional.
I need to adjust. It’s a new relationship. I’m beginning to love it and I will fight for that love.
I can’t completely let go of Windows just yet… It still has its perks. To quickly run off the main three:
- I can’t live without MixMeister Pro, since I also love to mix music and it’s expensive software.
- I’m also having a hard time letting go of Winamp, the best piece of music software on the planet. Amarok is close to it, but it lacks serious features. (We’ll talk about that in another post).
- The most important reason I can’t let go is because of my crappy ATI Radeon 9200 SE video card. TV Output does not work and cannot be made to work (as far as I can see from the countless hours of research I’ve been doing), therefore I would have to watch movies and tv shows on my computer screen. So, no. I have to load Windows XP for that. I won’t let go.
So this blog will be about my experiences with Linux, mainly Ubuntu/Kubuntu, and tackling my FUD… or FUDS. I will also post most issues I’ve encountered and how I’ve solved them. I will post interesting information like tips, tricks, and links as I learn them.
If you are new to Ubuntu and are having FUD issues, you are more than welcome to visit this site to share the experience and learn with me.
Hope to see you around!