laeren at u.washington.edu
Sat Jan 18 10:41:48 PST 2003
> also unfortunately ... these are the people we probably don't want to help
> yet, because sorry to say, but no linux distro can be set up to just "work
> and work well" without any flaws ... and if they don't care to tinker with
> it, it probably won't work out for them in the long run and they'll end up
> hating it.
Oh, way to be freaking elitist. You all wonder why your precious
operating system isn't getting the share it deserves? It's attitudes just
like this! People may be afraid to start running Linux (BSD, whatever)
because they don't know where to get started... but you give them a
working box, and they'll start pushing here, prodding there. They'll
start, you know, LEARNING. You shouldn't look down on them just because
they weren't as adventurous as you in the first place.
I'd have never started running Linux if Richard hadn't given me a hand,
and admittedly, there's still a lot of things I come running about.
Sure, newbies that you set a system up for may end up hating it, or asking
"silly" questions for several months, and your precious time will have
been wasted. Oh boo fucking hoo. Or your helping hand at the beginning
may inspire them to find out what makes unix systems so great.
Argh... this is disjointed and rambling, but Andrew hits upon one of the
most frustrating things in the Linux world for me.
Particularly bad since a LUG is supposed to be where newbies come for
help, not where they get told that they're not worth the effort.
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