A Usual Opening

Hello All,

For a typical opening post to a new blog, I shall describe in a typical, boring, and mundane way my purposes and intentions for this blog.

If any of you have been using Linux for a duration shorter than that of your own life (or post-womb), you have undoubtedly realized that documentation on most Linux products is not readily available (nor is it even available in most cases). You also understand that when being inquisitive, the "RTFM" response usually leaves in one’s own heart an empty hole roughly the size and shape of a loved one.

While frustrating and repelling as these hindrances can be, Linux remains to be a distant and strangely enticing operating system. The notion of free software for all just seems too amazing to drop $2,500 on an apple (yes, I am absolutely biased). Despite the shortcomings that come with software less-tested than software with a revenue stream (in most cases at least), most people are willing to forgive a little more in the absence of a price tag. After all, a fully operational and functional computer that costs only what was paid for the hardware is hardly an offer to be scoffed at.

Who am I?

Professionally, I am a systems admin (Windows and Linux) as well as a developer (PHP, Javascript, C# and ASP.Net, Joomla, Drupal, and SharePoint).

Personally, I am a spoiled Windows user that near the beginning of 2009 decided to give Linux a chance at being my primary operating system. I have since then settled on Ubuntu Linux and have yet to look back for anything other than good documentation.

I understand that the mentality of much of the Linux community is that if you don’t know how to use it now, you’re not smart enough to figure it out and therefore should not use it at all. Ubuntu/Canonical seeks to have a different view on these things. They understand that if Linux is ever to have a market share close to that of even Apple, it must be user friendly and have some way for the end-user to get tech support somewhere other than online forums (outside of the Ubuntu forums of course).

Through this blog I hope to express the troubles I have run into in my transition from Windows to Linux as well as the solutions/substitutes I have found while researching said troubles. Should anyone have any questions, please contact me via the comments section or via my e-mail. I will happily assist if I can (remember, I am still a sub-par Linux user).

Thanks for reading everyone.