I am continuing to make good progress on getting things working on my machine. Late last night, I got my PGP keys imported successfully, and appear to have them working with KMail again; that was the last “must-have” functionality on my list. So now I’m going to turn my attention to trying to get various projects back on track; but that said, many items have fallen behind schedule. Sunni’s Salon will be late, for starters; and despite having many ideas nagging me for release via blog entries, I expect substantive blogging will be light until my workload lightens up.
One more time, because my recent bout of computer woes might be misunderstood: despite all my problems (which we’re pretty sure stemmed from an atypical installation environment, rather than problems with Kubuntu itself) and the time invested into re-re-installing the OS and copying over vital files, I am a satisfied Kubuntu user. When I unknowingly deleted the font files and directories critical for the X server, a little probing of the machine told me what I’d done. Online research provided me the steps to take to fix it. Under Windows, I’d probably have faced just a BSOD or an enigmatic error message that I might or might not have been able to find help for online (that was my experience, anyway). I’d much rather fiddle with small problems and learn how to fix them myself rather than doing a full reinstall for every little problem. I am learning a lot more about how my machine works, and while I will almost certainly never become a deeply geeky Linux chick, I’m satisfied with my progress, and eager to learn more.
Even though there are small frustrations—like trying to set font sizes for certain programs, and learning that the system settings may override one’s tweaks of individual programs—I already appreciate the amount of control, and the number of choices I have available. And a lot of it is fairly readily available, which was not my experience with Windows software. Yes, there are bugs—sometimes big ones—but last I looked, no system is totally bug-free.
I’m not expecting to change anyone’s mind with my comments; and that isn’t my intent, anyway. My intentions are to make my record as clear as possible in case these posts start showing up in searches; and to reassure anyone considering making the change to Linux that it can be done, and is worth doing. Believe me, if I can accomplish the things I have in the past two days, ‘most any moderately competent computer user can achieve them too.