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The Bully In The Linux Schoolyard

Sep 15, 2010, 20:34 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Emery Fletcher)


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"There are many reasons for Linux's roaring success everywhere except the desktop; reasons abound for this, and at least one significant reason is a self-inflicted wound: the Terminal Bully.

"The Terminal Bully is the poster who refuses to offer a respectful and understandable solution to a genuine problem some newcomer has posted on a forum, and instead tries to show off their own knowledge by offering a lengthy and sometimes risky set of commands that only confuse anyone who is not yet familiar with Linux.

""Not yet familiar": let me emphasize this. Every form of Linux, just like every other complex topic, has an extensive learning curve, all the way from "Where do I click?" to studying for administrator certification. It's usually a self-teaching process, in which everyone can trace the curve at the pace that suits them best. That involves asking a LOT of questions, because Linux evolves so fast that it's impossible for documentation in print media to catch up."

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