January 7, 2013

Good Linux help

1. Good Linux help
About ME/CFS


This is another brief Nederlog that is about help with Linux. There may be another Nederlog today, but if so, on another subject, which is why I first write this.

1. Good Linux help

I am still using GNU/Linux.Ubuntu - is probably the best if also the longest name - and indeed still cannot use Windows except very briefly, because it displays too much white, that my eyes still can't cope with.

When I started with
Ubuntu (<-Wikipedia) my eyes were not afflicted, and I started a number of helpfiles you can find here:
though I should add this is from the beginning of June of 2012, and I also repeat the most helpful bits from there for helping one to use Ubuntu

         Ubuntu 12.04 LTS - Precise Pangolin
         (on Fine survey)
         Ubuntu forums                               
         (very extensive forums)
         Ubuntu Linux Resources                  
         (very good introductory series)
         Full Circle Magazine
         (excellent free monthly about Ubuntu)
Ubuntu Pocket Guide and reference
         (about Ubuntu 8.0 'and later' but still quite helpful)

I haven't added much since, because of my eye problems, and I also have not learned much more, though I meanwhile have written my first bash script files, and I know my way around the Linux filesystem better.

One good way to solve problems is to do an internet-search: This generally provides answers, often many more than one finds it useful to read. This is the way I usually take to solve Linux related problems, and it usually works. [1]

There still is a lot to learn but latety I found a well done introduction to Linux (not specifically Ubuntu, and also no specific other distribution), because I hit upon one of its files during an internet search:
This is quite helpful, and would have been more helpful had I known it half a year ago. The site opens with this text
< Linux newbie help... in plain English! >

"Um, I installed this Linux thing everyone's talking about... Now what?"

It's time to learn the very basics of your new shiny Linux system. TuXfiles provides you with Linux tutorials in plain English, not in some fancy geekspeak.

The plain English at tuXfiles is bad, and after reading the help files you'll still feel very new to the penguin OS, but at least you'll have much more fun with your new shiny Linux system. Why? Because you'll learn how the different and somewhat confusing features of Linux actually work, why those features are great, and how to effectively use the basic and not-so-basic unique features of Linux.

The site does what it promises. Actually, it is the work of a Swedish geekish sort of person of the female persuasion, who has been using Linux since the previous millenium, whose English is quite good, and who does know how to write brief and clear explanations.

It does explain the basics quite well; and while the site is not large it also has helpful links to other sites.

Finally, especially with my eye and other health problems: I am mostly using Linux, and learn about it mostly on a need to know basis. This is quite feasible, though I have found it sometimes helps a lot to know some about the
bash- shell. [2]


[1] Another way is becoming a member of Ubuntu forums. I have not become a member because I don't like forums where almost everyone is anonymous, almost everyone is opinionated, and the moderators require all manner of "appropriate" and "correct" language, but that is just my personal taste, and may come as a matter of course with large forums with mostly anonymous people. And I may become a member: I just haven't so far.

[2] And maybe I should add that my readers would have seen hardly anything and quite possibly nothing at all from me if I hadn't switched to Linux briefly before my eyes went bad: I still can't do much with Windows, simply because it shows too much white in its menus and backgrounds. Happily, I also don't need it, and probably have used it less than one hour since June.

About ME/CFS (that I prefer to call M.E.: The "/CFS" is added to facilitate search machines) which is a disease I have since 1.1.1979:
1. Anthony Komaroff

Ten discoveries about the biology of CFS(pdf)

3. Hillary Johnson

The Why  (currently not available)

4. Consensus (many M.D.s) Canadian Consensus Government Report on ME (pdf - version 2003)
5. Consensus (many M.D.s) Canadian Consensus Government Report on ME (pdf - version 2011)
6. Eleanor Stein

Clinical Guidelines for Psychiatrists (pdf)

7. William Clifford The Ethics of Belief
8. Malcolm Hooper Magical Medicine (pdf)
Maarten Maartensz
Resources about ME/CFS
(more resources, by many)

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