Throughout the semester, we had an assignment to go Linux and Unix Users Group for credit. So I decided to go check it out the club. However, I was kind of over-whelmed by the information that they were discuss at that meeting. The environment made it feel like everyone in the room had to be adequate user of Linux or UNIX.
I definitely want to give the club the benefit of the doubt. I might have walked into an officers meeting or certain where veteran Linux or Unix users come to speak.
I feel like this club should I have separate meetings for Beginner and Expert users, just some new users like myself do not get over whelmed with new information. Or the club could set up workshops for setting up Linux or for working new projects.
Maybe I get the wrong experience with the club, but first impressions are tough to forget.
I have been testing out different Desktop Environment throughout the semester. Of all of the ones that I tried out, I seem to always go back to using Cinnamon. Cinnamon has a very simple interface that combines the usefulness of Unity and Simplicity of GNOME 2. Cinnamon was created to maintain the classic GNOME 2 look as well as be adaptable to the new features coming GNOME 3 and Unity interfaces.
Cinnamon was originally created for a different distro called Mint Linux. However, since Mint is based off of Ubuntu, porting the desktop environment to the Ubuntu wasn’t too difficult.
I think this desktop environment is the best way to introduce Linux to a new user because of its similarities to Windows XP/Windows 7. Some similarities like the task bar at the bottom of the screen helps new user break out of their comfort zones slowly.
I highly recommend anyone to give Cinnamon a shot. Just go to their website and follow the instructions to install.