This is* immensely* helpful. To reiterate... to make sure I understand,
with "windows problems" easy is easy and impossible is basically impossible
(which I can say with experience is fairly on the money of my experience as
well). With Linux, the difficultly curve of problems are kind of inverted
when compared to windows. The easy problems are now stubborn, while the
really hard programs are now possibly easier courtesy of established
documentation. While such might not be true for all cases, of course,
generally this is the jest of what to expect, yes?

Furthermore, unlike windows, the GUI in Linux is less of an operator then
it is in windows. The way to go about things in Linux is the command line
interface, which may make problem solving initially a bit more...
problematic for those who only know how to move around in a GUI. So I being
a windows user might what to look up on that.

You also mention "just because PC... doesn't mean it will work", which I am
already aware of, but thank you all the same. I'll make sure to look up the
Qubes HCL link.

Finally, I don't have the available cash to buy multiple variants of
particular models or brands of GPUs nor am I able per say to experiment
with other models in a process of trial and error, through I would
certainly like to give it a shot if I could. Fortunately, what I do have is
knowledge of places to purchase parts which have a stellar return policies.
So, that may be an option. Honestly the only people I know of that have
that kind of capital are the ones that do it for a living on YouTube like
LinusTechTips, Bitwit, and Pauls Hardware. Oh so much to do... so little to
do it all. :/

Thank you,

- Mike Mez

On Mon, Dec 19, 2016 at 11:58 PM, Chris Laprise <>

> On 12/18/2016 11:49 PM, Andrew David Wong wrote:
>> *2.       *You mentioned  during the interview that you came to Qubes
>>> as a lifelong widows user. I am in the situation when it comes to
>>> this as a lifelong windows user. What would you say is the learning
>>> curve for using Qubes is? How easy would it be for someone who is
>>> slightly technical, yet not IT, to problem solve a problem in Qubes?
>>> In windows I Ctrl+Alt+Del and go through that rigmarole.
>>> It depends highly on the individual, but if you're coming from a purely
>> Windows background, the biggest thing might be adjusting to a Linux
>> environment. In general, the most important qualities will be
>> perseverance, a willingness to learn, and the ability to solve your own
>> problems. (Of course, the mailing lists are here to help, but things
>> generally don't work very well if someone makes no effort and expects to
>> be spoon-fed solutions.)
> I find most problems on Windows are either moderately easy, or impossible.
> Digging for answers to difficult issues results in few results and they are
> usually dead-ends.
> Since Qubes uses Linux, it tends to follow that culture. Easy problems can
> be annoyingly fussy to resolve, but really difficult problems usually have
> a deep profile of related documentation and discussion spread around
> various websites. Its more probable you will make progress on difficult
> issues with continued perseverance and curiosity.
> The biggest obstacle over time is probably the over-reliance on the
> command-line interface. Relatively little of the configuration matrix is
> expressed in the GUI, so the GUI feels more superficial and less able to
> control the system at deeper levels than it does on Windows. This makes
> users who expect streamlining and integration weary.
> Also, do not expect the rule of "This is a PC, so it'll run this
> PC-compatible OS" to hold water. Most PCs are "Windows PCs" and many of the
> quirks that certain models have may be OK with Microsoft but untenable with
> Linux or Qubes. Business-class computers from top-tier brands are your best
> bet. Check out the Qubes HCL link on the download page.
>> *3.       *I understand your OS is security based, and that is super
>>> cool. Yet security is useless if there is nothing to protect. "Out of
>>> the box" what can Qubes run?
>>> It's better to turn this question around: What *can't* Qubes run? It
>> sounds like the main problem in your case may be the lack of 3-D support:
>> s-like-games-which-require-3d-support
>> To get around this problem, you would have to attempt GPU passthrough,
>> which is not supported (but which some users have managed to achieve on
>> their own).
> I will venture to make a suggestion on this gnarly subject: A desktop or
> tower PC will fit this scenario much better than a laptop will. You will
> need the freedom to buy particular models of GPU and/or experiment with
> other models in a process of trial and error.
> Chris

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