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      He can't make pong. You expect him to be able to run Linux? Go buy Windows 8. It's cheap. The hardware requirements are low. And really you have no excuse not to. Especially if you actually want to program something. She can't make pong because she doesn't have a working build environment, not because of her specs lol. Why spend money on something like Windows 8 when Ubuntu is just as good and is basically made for programming? (not going to say better because I don't want to start a flame war about what the best Os is lol). I use windows 8 and it is good(fast booting times,clean metro ui, vibrant wallpapers), but I wouldn't recommend actually buying it unless it came with your pc.     I still don't buy that. She can't make pong because she doesn't have a working build environment. But you send her to use Linux, which is a bit more complicated in use than Windows. Plus, she didn't know that there is such thing as a live CD. I don't use Linux and I know that.   If Ubuntu works for her, great. But when anyone is using a pirated version of XP, didn't know to get a Linux OS in the first place, and has refused to buy an actual OS. I tend to believe that their technical skill is lacking somewhat.   ok. 1. I knew what a live CD is. I'm not a moron. the only reason I never used one was because of the fact that I wasn't sure which one I should use, and I never had a real reason to set one up, because most of the time all I'm doing on this thing is reading textbooks, and coding in other languages which I already have IDE's set up for. it really didn't matter that much for me until just now. 2. I knew to get  a linux OS. again. I'm not a moron. the only reason I never did, was because I was reluctant to partition my hard drive, and as for live systems, refer back to number one. I've tried the wubi setup for ubuntu as well, but my computer sucks at being a computer, as mentioned previously.  3. I just set up linux on a live cd, and it was as easy as it gets. in what universe was this difficult. seriously.  I admit I'm new, but I'm not an idiot. and thanks for openly insulting me. that was nice too.
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    thank all of you, this was exactly what I needed!  I've gotten knoppix running, and it was the greatest thing I have ever done for this computer. I think I'll try to use QTcreator, but I'll still keep everyone's ideas in mind! ^^ thanks again!
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    oh my god thank you so much for this. you have absolutely no idea how much i needed this link. I've been trying to get Linux to run with Ubuntu, but every time it just craps out on me. I've spent weeks trying to get Ubuntu to work. you have saved my life on every level. I'm doing this first thing tomorrow.
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    well, hah, the fact that I can't run Visual Basic is a really long story... so my operating system is a pirated version of windows XP, and since it's pirated, windows won't let me update it with regular windows updates. and because of its inability to update, I can't run Visual Basic, or try to download it, because most of the prerequisite software doesn't exist. it's a pain in the ass, but it's all I've got. that and I can't run Linux because I don't have any hardware to run it with. (the wubi setup crashes too. I've tried thousands of times). so I have to get by with this shitbasket. I tried learning so many languages because when I was starting out I was just so amazed by everything out there, and I went into complete sensory overload with the power I could wield with programming. so I tried EVERYTHING. I was even considering learning assembly, but by that point i realized I was out of control. (those were dark days....) I'm stuck on the setup with sfml, yeah. and as for the c++ I know, I know a bit, i suppose.
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    fffh, I know you people have all probably heard enough of these noobs coming on and spewing their idiocy everywhere, but god Here I am. And I am so lost. I'm probably posting on the wrong forum anyway, adding yet another level to the "good lord, what is she even doing here". But Here I go anyway. (Please don't hate me  ;___; )   So I have been trying and trying and trying to figure out the simplest concepts of game design, but everywhere I go, I always end up hitting a glorious wall of pain. I've been reading everything I can find on computer programming, and taking up small projects wherever I can go (attempting to write an AI in lisp, a text adventure in javascript, just  generally screwing around in python, I've tasted a bit of Perl, read multitudes of c++ textbooks, and basically any other programming language out there) but any time I try to do anything of substance I always end up faced with the fact that every device I have sucks at being a computer. So here I am, at it again in C++, trying to write a simple game with SFML, but yet again, my entire computer sucks at being a computer. All of the good tutorials out there for it require visual basic, (which I can't run, whoopee!) or some other program which my computer has the inability to deal with. So I have to figure out to make a simple game (like Pong or something) with exclusively open-source software, but have yet to find any tutorials on the topic. And so here I am, floating aimlessly in a sea of C++ with no way to complete any project I want to work on. so does anyone know where I should start?