Linux.com: A Clarification... to What the World is Coming ToMay 08, 2000, 11:36 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Basil Lalli)
"I know what you're all thinking. "Oh, look, it's that Basil freak again. Why doesn't he just shut up?" Well, "What the World is Coming To" was my first article, and many of you agreed with it. Thank you to those who did. Not to say that those who don't agree with me aren't to be thanked; they helped me realize where I didn't explain what I was trying to say completely. So here's my rebuttal-slash-clarification to Wednesday's article. It might change a few minds, and at the very least, you'll have a better idea of what you're disagreeing with."
"...More people is always good. At the very worst reason it gets companies to put money into Linux. What IS a bad thing is people that come in for the wrong reasons. Newbies in general are great for Linux, and I often visit Linux news groups to give them help. Yes, I too was a newbie, I haven't forgotten, and to tell you the truth, I haven't completely outgrown it yet. Contrary to what many people say, however, there are times when the free, open OS is a bad idea. My father has Windows, and when I'm at his house I use IE5 and Word2000 all the time, and I can't believe anyone could honestly say Linux is better for simple tasks like e-mail and word processing. It just isn't. And neither of those programs crashes anymore than Linux's counterparts. To my dad, therefore, Linux would not be a good choice. It's just another OS, with more rules and quirks he'd have to learn, only to come out with about the same performance."
"Once again, no. I'm not a guru. I don't code, I never said I did (and just for Mr. Anonymous over there, I was far from being born when 'pinkos' were around). What I do is I use my computer at home. I use it out of pure curiosity, and we all know Linux is just great for that. Like I said, I don't code, yet. What I do to contribute is test beta programs and write bug reports, advocate Linux, etc. So, of course I don't expect gurus out of every single Linux user. What I would like to see is some sort of contribution. After all, for all of you who said I don't understand the open source concept, user contribution is, in essence, your payment for open software. It's open for the sole reason that you can contribute. So yes, I expect people to contribute to Linux."