My first computer experience was with windows. I had never used terminal in Ubuntu before. The idea of typing in commands instead of pointing and clicking on buttons with a mouse seemed archaic and scary. After installing Ubuntu version 15.04 on my system which was to be used to run tutor web server, I was not able to connect to the internet using either any WIFI networks around or a modem. I tried playing around with network settings but all was in vain. I asked a number of friends for help who I thought were conversant with network stuff but they were not able to do it. Something came into my mind later and I decided to find the mac address of the system by typing in ifconfig in the Ubuntu terminal. I then copied the mac address and the name to my phone and set the connection using my android phone. Guess what? The connection was successful and I was very happy about that.
I then opened the Mozilla browser and there I began my research on terminals. I met a number of commands which include file and directory, save and typing, change text commands among many others. I tried to run those commands on the terminal of which a number of them worked well. I went ahead and tried to use apt-get command in installation by typing in apt-get install vlc-plugin-jack but it was not successful for it could not locate the package. I tried other installation commands but this time round using sudo which allows me to perform commands as a super user but most of them were not successful. Still figuring what I could do, I noticed that there is a software Centre icon which has large amount of softwares. I did update it and after that I restarted my laptop.
From there I was able to install a few applications mainly for network connection and file sharing. Though I still have some issues with installation, I do believe that the more I use it, the more comfortable I'll become. It’s handy to know that another way isn’t worse, it’s just different.