Anything for home user and not the technical one??

Marko Vojinovic vvmarko at
Thu Jul 22 02:31:18 UTC 2010

On Wednesday, July 21, 2010 22:22:33 Parshwa Murdia wrote:
> but a home user can himself (with no more hardware) and with a single
> pc (with net connection) can learn in this scenario as far as fedora
> usage is concerned?

Start with using the GUI apps, to get comfortable. Open Firefox and browse the 
web. Use mplayer/VLC/xine to watch videos, DVD's and stuff. Use 
Amarok/XMMS/KSCD to play mp3/audio CDs. Use K3B and burn a CD or a DVD. Use 
OpenOffice Writer to write something down and save it as pdf document. Then use 
Okular to open that pdf and read it. Use Dolphin/Nautilus/Krusader to copy 
files around and get familiar with file system structure. Use Gimp to draw a 
picture. Then place that picture on your desktop background. Open kcalc and 
calculate 3*2, then take the square root. Open a text editor, and type "The 
quick brown fox jumps over a lazy dog".

You can do all this in half an hour.

(N.B. I am naming mostly KDE apps because that's what I use and am familiar 
with --- Gnome folks will give you names of equivalent Gnome apps, although 
you can use either in both KDE and Gnome).

Once you get the basic feel for this elementary use, you get to the first big 
checkpoint --- try not to use Windows! Make Fedora the default boot choice, 
and try to use it for everyday work. Sometimes you will get stuck, but try to 
put a bit effort and you'll feel more comfortable after each problem-solved 

Then go to a bit more advanced level. The two most common things you want to 
familiarize yourself with (things different from Windows) are CD/DVD/USB-flash 
*mounting*, and the concept of filesystem *permissions*. Use google to find some 
nice introductory text about these topics. Sooner or later you'll run up into 
these things, and you want to know what they are all about.

Then you want to learn some basic command line tools. At first you don't need 
anything other than yum. Learn how to become superuser in the terminal
("su -"). Learn how to use yum to look for a package and install it
("yum list packagename", "yum search packagename", "yum install packagename").

At this checkpoint you are able to successfully use Fedora for everyday 
purposes and to be able to install new software as needed. From this point on, 
it's all up to you, how much interest you have and how much effort are you 
willing to invest, and in which direction.

There's lot of literature out there, but the idea is to start using Fedora 
*instead* of Windows for *all* everyday purposes. Once you get comfortable 
with that, start reading articles on the web, books, HOWTO's, and so on. This 
is the point where you want to start learning to use the terminal and the 
command line. Then you will discover a whole new aspect of computing --- 
remote logging, system configuration, scripting, etc.

But go one step at a time, start small and build your knowledge with hands-on 

HTH, :-)

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