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Linux.com: It's the Community, Stupid!

Mar 13, 2000, 20:57 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Tom Dominico)

"One of the most incredible things about the Linux operating system can't be found in the kernel or any of the GNU tools. You won't find it bundled with any of the distributions, either. It's what Linux users know as "the community" -- a very broad term that represents all the Linux/Open Source software users across the globe. The community is an intangible benefit that you receive, free of charge, when you join the revolution and put Linux on your box...."

"Last fall, I decided to take the plunge and put Linux on my primary workstation. Naturally, as a newbie, I soon found myself scouring the Internet for information on proper configuration and such. I was overwhelmed by the vast quantity of information revealed by my searches. What really made an impression on me was that most of it had been compiled by volunteers...."

"Be warned, though; the sense of community is infectious. Never in my wildest dreams did I ever imagine that I would fall in love with an operating system, at its heart nothing but ones and zeroes. However, what I really fell in love with is the spirit that created it, and the concept that everyone deserves a better operating system. The community has embraced me, and I intend to return the favor."

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