Join Us at LinuxWorld for the ABCs of Desktop Linux

When you are exploring something for the first time, you often have many questions and aren't sure where to start. At times like those, it is great to have a friend available of whom you can ask questions. Then, when facing that new task, you reach a new level of confidence by knowing that someone is there to rescue you from a dead-end or an incorrect menu selection or two or three.

If this sounds like you, and you're going to be in Boston April 4-6, 2006, stop by the LinuxWorld Conference and Expo. You'll not only find a trusted advisor to get you going and comfortable with Linux, you'll find two! During the upcoming LinuxWorld Boston event, Nicholas Petreley and I will be presenting the The ABCs of Desktop Linux: Everything You Need to Start Using Linux Today. Nicholas is the former Editor in Chief of TUX and the current Editor in Chief of Linux Journal. I'm the current Editor in Chief of TUX.

Our objective with this activity is to provide new Linux users with an opportunity to see what Linux is all about. By offering high-level demonstrations of Linux and Linux-based applications, we hope to eliminate the fear, uncertainty and doubt associated with a permanent switch to a Linux desktop. This free mini-seminar will give participants a chance to meet Nicholas and myself and hear our stories about getting started with Linux. In addition, we'll be available to answer any questions. We should have plenty of live Linux CDs and technical resources to help you boot Linux. So if you never have booted Linux before, stop by and get first-hand assistance from Linux Journal and TUX.

To round out the Installfest, we have put together a set of presentations that should give attendees the necessary foundation to continue exploring the business case for switching to Linux. The presentations hopefully prove that Linux is ready for wide-spread adoption.

An Introduction to Desktop Linux: It's Not Just for Geeks Anymore!

As an introduction, this session grounds attendees in the new lingo a new Linux user might confront and attempts to de-mystify those terms. In addition, we'll cover the basics involved in installing Linux, installing applications and the basic usage of Linux. During this session we will demonstrate the Linspire Five-O Live CD and the Ubuntu 5.10 (Breezy Badger) Live Linux CD. Each demonstration hopefully will illustrate visually the business case represented by Linux.

Breaking Free: Exploring OpenOffice.org, the Versatile (and Free) Office Suite for Linux

This session features a high-level demonstration of each major component of OpenOffice.org version 2.0. For Writer, we will demonstrate how to use formatting and style options to gain control over a letter. For Calc, we will demonstrate the popularity of OpenOffice.org by charting download activity. For Base we'll demonstrate how to create a data entry form in an existing database. For Draw we will illustrate how to create a simple flow chart. Finally, for Impress we'll demonstrate how to modify the slide master and export a presentation to Flash.

Can I Do that with Linux? An Overview of Linux-Based Applications

This session illustrates to small to mid-sized businesses that desktop Linux is ready for prime time work. By focusing on EIOffice, this demonstration highlights one of the easiest ways to make a smooth transition from Windows/Office to Linux. In addition, this session will demonstrate many of the advantages of using KIO plugins for KDE in order to do things such as rip audio CDs to MP3s.

So if you are an old hat at Linux or want to seize this opportunity by the beak--do penguins have beaks?--go ahead and stop by! Say hello and tell us your horror stories and your success stories. We're looking forward to meeting a lot of great people, sharing our love for Linux and free and open-source software and, as always, learning a few new tricks. It should be a great time!

Dell Computers, Linspire and Ubuntu (as well as IDG itself) have pitched in to help us out with this activity. We're thankful for their support and flexibility. Without their efforts, pulling off the ABCs of Desktop Linux would have been significantly more difficult.

About the Author

Kevin Shockey is Editor in Chief of TUX magazine.

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Always for geeks

Really great intorduction lessons had alot of fun learning the basics and can not wait to get into the more indepth uses of Linux. But I think Linux will always be for Geeks since it has to do with computers, how many Homeboys you see tooting a laptop ?

Britney (not verified) - Sun, 2006-04-02 14:05.

You are right, we need to get rid of the computer

I think you actually brought a really good point. Linux might be manageable when we get rid of the computer. I guess that most people dont understand computers and they usually use a .0005% of their potential.

Away from the busienss use, most people just want to get on the internet. This is what some years ago companies start making web appliances. --- which eventually failed. LG vision of putting a computer on each appliances (toaster, fridge, microwave, etc) also failed.

However another thing that hasn't failed is cellphones, which are more consumers had embraced and expand the demand for sophisticate phones. Replacing the PDA's and being the most have.

To be useful I guess people needs to find it worth their time otherwise they will get ignored. Mobile internet has failed here, but sms has succeed. Managing their calendr might not be a priority on cellphones but being able to speed dial is.

Linux is now entering on the cellphones and people will be using it without even knowing about it. I mean who really recognize Symbian OS as a predominant operating system.

So how can linux actually have a relevance on their life? well when people have no other choice but to face the TUX whenever they want to do something important. Example, Taking money from their bank, the Linux ATM project will provide that impact if it had that adoption and branding.

Ticket selling, card scanners, mobile players, cellphones, calculators, land phones, car phones, wearable computers, traffic report computers-navigators, video game consoles, TV's.

Also people don't accept convergence as easily, if your TV could let u access the email most people WONT do it. Same as cellphone's agenda aren't used. TV related content on the other side migth be widely used, PVR, is one choice, easy TV programming. With wi-fi most things might talk to each other and linux might provide an open standard for this. Which on the opposite companies are going the complete diferent way providing DMCA laws that will make this new convergence be fragmented.

We saw this with SMS once, and was a complete failure.. having this devices talk but ONLY from the same brand might also be the same. If you put linux on each of this devices people will build the standard even if you don't.

Remember you could network from the power line, this can transfer enough data for home automation mechanism and even display of relevant information. Which might not be your email but could in theory be something related to the device.

JZA (not verified) - Sun, 2006-05-21 13:55.