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Linux.com: Buddying up to BSD: Part Three - Regrouping

Nov 16, 1999, 01:49 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Matt Michie)

"Then, I read and carefully considered every comment posted on the message boards here on Linux.com, Daemon News, Linux Today, Slashdot.org, and my e-mail. Many were flames, but there were enough comments that told me I had reached the people I was writing for. These articles aren't for folks who have co-authored O'Reilly books and who first explored BSD Unix in 1982. Buddying up to BSD is meant to expose BSD to mid-level Linux users. This is something I am qualified to write about. As a result of my review, several readers have decided to install OpenBSD."

"I also must admit to finding some delicious irony in the fact that I was flamed by BSD advocates for advocating OpenBSD on Linux.com. It took me awhile to calm down after the initial barrage, but I learned something valuable from even the worst flames. I realized that the BSD community looked at me in the same way the Linux community has looked at Windows journalists that have reviewed Linux. These flames gave me the rare opportunity to experience a little bit of how these journalists must have felt."

"It took a lot of effort not to throw in the towel completely. After all, this was Linux.com and I had put myself on the line to try bringing in a bit of BSD. Certainly, Windows journalists must have had similar feelings after being at the business end of the extreme wing of the Linux community. Often, the vicious flaming tends to drown out the voices of those who wrote thoughtful non-antagonistic responses, and there were many of those."

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