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Linux.com: More Linux Users == Good Thing (tm)

Dec 01, 1999, 18:37 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Erik Severinghaus)

"Anyone who has used Linux for more than a year or two knows the change that has taken place. Linux has indisputably moved from a primarily console-based operating system for hackers and Free Software geeks to a mainstream phenomenon, taking with it all the pros and cons of success. One of the biggest changes to have taken place is the influx of new users, affectionately called newbies."

"I remember when the Linux bug (penguin?) bit me and I began to read "Running Linux" by Matt Walsh, the definitive book to starting Linux. He said repeatedly that Linux was not recommended for anyone without *nix experience, and that one should learn Unix before Linux - not the other way around. At the time, everything was console-based, with the X Window System hardly mentioned, and a GUI (graphical user interface) install was too good even to be hoped for. It was a long, somewhat intimidating process. But when I booted Slackware my first time and saw the user prompt, I had the rush of climbing a mountain and looking at the scenery below. After much tinkering, I even got my XF86Config file working, done by hand in a console-based text editor (I don't need to get into the specifics)."

"But times have changed, and many of the old guard are frustrated. The crowding that has resulted from the hype has left some feeling like endangered animals without a habitat...."

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