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Linux Journal: On Becoming a Linux Geek

Jan 14, 2001, 14:17 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Russell J.T. Dyer)

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"So you want to be a Linux geek, huh? You've heard about Linux for quite a while now and wondered about all the excitement. You've listened to that nerdy guy at work rave about it. You've looked at the screen shots and thought, "It doesn't look too bad. It looks kind of cool, actually." Still, why go through all the trouble? Perhaps it's the price; perhaps it's all the software that comes with it. Maybe it's just the challenge, the intellectual allure."

"Despite all the advantages and obstacles, there's one reason that draws many of us to Linux, a reason that we don't like to admit: a desire to be different. While most people want to be the same (Microsoft certainly counts on that attitude), some of us like being different. I like to think that I'm different by default because I don't necessarily gravitate towards popular choices. At times, being different can be both very satisfying and very frustrating."

"While Linux's uniqueness may get you started, you'll eventually prefer it for legitimate reasons like stability, versatility and customizability. Besides, you'll learn a lot about computers in the process. Still, it's quite a struggle until you understand what you're doing--which may not happen for a couple years, incidentally. If you insist on getting started with Linux, though, I'd like to give you a few warnings and some advice."

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