"Fairy-tales currently told about open source software say that
once upon a time, long, long ago, life for Linux newbies was nasty,
brutish, and short. Most Linux users lived meager existences in the
Land of Slackware, where the user interface was a desolate command
line landscape, with hardly any clickable icons for shelter. RTFM
ogres dominated the virtual meeting halls, bellowing 'RTFM!' ('Read
The F***ing Manual') whenever a newbie raised his or her head to
ask a support question. Slashdot trolls hurled flamebait after
flamebait at newbies bold enough to wander onto the Slashdot's
hallowed pages, and Linux user groups (LUGs) were gatherings of
command line wizards huddled in groups darkly discussing the arcane
mysteries of how to turn foo into bar..."
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