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LinuxUK: Is Linux too embroiled in politics?

Aug 19, 2000, 17:05 (17 Talkback[s])
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"Since I got into Linux, I have bumped into lots of new users wondering what it is? At first I give them the answer "it is an Operating System", but after that I often don't know where to describe Linux in it's fairest degree."

"Linux, as many of you will know, encompasses an incredible amount of software under the general heading of "Linux". Although Linux itself is just a kernel, its general description is formed as "an Operating System". I am not going to discuss here or there how we should describe Linux in an accurate sense, but I am going to look at an element of Linux that is often hidden to the new user, but which can embroil their use of the system further down the line - it's politics."

"I encountered these politics right from the start of my Linux experience when I was asking people if Slackware was the best distribution to use. I was confronted initially by a bunch of people in #linux on EFNet complaining about Slackware and supporting Debian. I then came into contact with a number of Red Hat supporters. While I do not question the validity of the arguments presented to me that day, I question their relevence to my situation. I was told a number of different views and opinions that were essentially not relevent in the circumstances that I was in; that being a new Linux user wanting to get the damn thing on his computer."

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