Microdave did not want to escape windows 7, it was working fine, but you know what they’re up to – no longer supporting, trying to get people into W10. This was the previous post on it:
After battling for more than a week, I’ve come to the realisation that Linux is not “user friendly” in any way shape or form. Simple matters like finding that the “Rubbish Bin” isn’t even visible by default are just a start. Making a desktop shortcut is not a simple “Right-click” and “Send To” method, and as for adding software – tough luck if the one you want isn’t listed in the Software Manager.
You are then faced with downloading a “Tarball”, then extracting and “Running” it, as so many posts gleefully explain – except THERE IS NO ****** “RUN” OPTION in the right click menu. You have to faff about making sure the .bin file has “executable” status before there’s any chance of getting it to do something.
Otherwise it’s the programmers delight of “Terminal” and lines of intimidating code. That is assuming there is a “Help” text file in the extracted folder… And if you want to remove said programme you can’t simply go to a Windows style list and select “Remove” (or use the excellent “Revo Uninstaller”).
Sorry, but there’s a reason why Linux is a “niche” O/S – unless you are happy to accept the default settings, and recommended software, it’s basically a coders environment.
This is the update:
Hope your blood pressure is under better control than mine. I thought you might like to know that I (eventually) registered and posted on the Ubuntu forum, and the first reply suggested my Thunderbird woes could be due to Linux not “Mounting” the Windows NTFS volumes on start-up.
He was right, but I would never have guessed without the pointer. Since all the partitions show in “Computer” as soon as the O/S is running I suggest it would be reasonable to assume that they are already accessible.
Apparently not – I have to actually access a file from the partition that my emails are stored in before Thunderbird can “see” them, and there is no message to say that the volume has to be mounted before it’s readable.
As to a permanent solution – that’s where my “Rant” continues. I thought that creating a shortcut would speed things up, but there is no “Right Click” option, as I bitched about previously. And I’m not alone in my disgust:
The last-but-one comment says it all:
“This is the sort of thing that keeps people from ditching Windows for Linux.
Do you have any idea how absolutely absurd it is to have to go through all of that just to create a bloody shortcut?
It’s astonishing that these advanced GUI Linux releases even came into existence when their creators can’t even comprehend the importance of implementing basic copy, move & shortcut functionality.”
But it doesn’t end there – my first effort merely created a “Copy” on the desktop, which is no use because that doesn’t access the second drive. When I read the link above I found the “proper” method it didn’t work either, because the shortcut can’t access the bloody drive either – until it is mounted!!!
Another comment mentioned making the drive “Mount” automatically, but guess what – more extremely complicated instructions involving dozens of lines of code running in Terminal. Sorry, but my eyes glaze over and the blood pressure quickly rises, as soon as I see an answer like that.
There is a small GUI based alternative, but one reply cautioned against relying on Google hits when dealing with Linux. Fair comment, but the proggy mentioned in my posting on the forum is listed in the Software Manager – which is where we are told to head when wanting any “extras”.
Now (perhaps) you can see my frustration, downright anger even, when dealing with this MS “Alternative”. I certainly don’t want to go down the Windows 10 route, as the well known problems with forced updates borking stuff – and the hideous desktop – are probably as bad (or worse).
However the folks behind Linux, and so many other softwares – Yes Mozilla, you as well – really need to remove their heads from their collectives arses, and listen to what their users are saying. There is some brilliant stuff about, but an awful lot of dross as well…
How to escape W10?