I'm probably one of the oldest people on this forum, as you will realise from my computing history: ZX81, C64, Amiga, Windows... and I have successfully made electronic devices programmed in machine code on the 6800 CPU - so I am not a beginner. I'm more interested in using a computer these days, desktop publishing, graphics and such and as an ex-Physics Teacher hoping to stave off Alzheimers I thought I would buy a Raspberry Pi and see what I could do.
I have had little difficulty in making the thing work, except that I couldn't get any sound from it until I had typed in certain magic spells that I found somewhere.
What worries me is the lack of sufficiently clear instruction for the layman
, and the persistence of the Linux Culture. What does that mean? It seems that some people write as if they are part of a charmed inner circle and really enjoy keeping newbies out. I'm sure they don't, but it looks like that from here. On the section here devoted to beginners (as an example) I see the expression "Debian Image". Now I do know what that means, but isn't that expression a bit confusing?
All instructions should be tried out on the girlfriend (or boyfriend or whoever, someone who is not already a Linux or RP freak). It's time consuming and not easy to write instructional manuals - I've done it - but if there is no literature which may be downloaded or even purchased in printed form I fear the worthwhile RP project may fail. It will appeal only to those already converted and a few who manage to struggle through what documentation there is.
So a challenge to someone or somepeople: really clear documentation aimed at the raw beginner,
with do-this do-that instructions, including some first steps in Python: and that's what it's all about, I believe.
If what I advocate exists somewhere, please let me know!
Kia Ora, Robin in NZ
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