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Linuxtopia.com: Be an advocate, not a zealot

Oct 05, 1999, 17:52 (10 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Dave)

[ Thanks to Dave Heaney for this link. ]

"What is the difference between an advocate and a zealot? Both like, and often prefer to use, Linux. Both think that other people could benefit from using Linux. Both look for opportunities to show other people how they can benefit from using Linux. They seem similar, but there is one major difference. This difference is the methodology used to promote Linux..."

"Advocacy is beneficial to the Linux community because it provides the primary means of advertisement. People who man Linux displays at trade shows or on college campuses get the word out about how Linux can be used. Those who write documentation, or report bugs make the development of free software much faster. The person who makes a presentation about Linux to a software development firm helps Linux gain commercial credibility..."

"The line between Linux advocacy and zealotry can be very easily, and often understandibly, crossed. Many Linux advocates quickly turn themselves into zealots. This can often happen as a result of frustration with commercial software that seems to be bug-ridden, or simply because the person got too far into the Linux bandwagon that seems to be sweeping the world."

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