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Mad Penguin: Newbie Heaven: A Review of Rickford Grant's "Linux Made Easy"

Nov 10, 2005, 07:00 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Christian Einfeldt)

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"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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