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Linux.com: Are You a Linux Advocate?

Mar 14, 2000, 17:58 (5 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Mike Baker)

"Advocating is a noble gesture of support to the many Open Source programmers, yet it's important to keep in mind that advocacy is not about degrading other operating systems. Advocacy is about an accurate portrayal of Linux; it's important to acknowledge that it's not without bugs, but it does excel in many areas. Linux has no central authority for public relations, so the impression that new Linux users get from the existing members of the community is important. We want people to try Linux and decide for themselves if they like it or not -- and that means listening to their feedback and offering suggestions and support."

"One way you can express your advocacy is by becoming a mentor to a new Linux user. Take them in, help them understand Linux, and explain to them how things work. It's not a question of setting up their Linux system for them but helping to explain it so they know how to do it themselves. Maybe you can help them avoid any problems you had when you first started out. Linux shouldn't be expressed as a private club where you need to dig through man pages and HOWTOs to be accepted, although that is the attitude many new users are getting because it tends to be the most outspoken attitude."

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