GeneralThis forum is for non-technical general discussion which can include both Linux and non-Linux topics. Have fun!
Welcome to LinuxQuestions.org, a friendly and active Linux Community.
You are currently viewing LQ as a guest. By joining our community you will have the ability to post topics, receive our newsletter, use the advanced search, subscribe to threads and access many other special features. Registration is quick, simple and absolutely free. Join our community today!
Note that registered members see fewer ads, and ContentLink is completely disabled once you log in.
If you have any problems with the registration process or your account login, please contact us. If you need to reset your password, click here.
Having a problem logging in? Please visit this page to clear all LQ-related cookies.
Introduction to Linux - A Hands on Guide
This guide was created as an overview of the Linux Operating System, geared toward new users as an exploration tour and getting started guide, with exercises at the end of each chapter.
For more advanced trainees it can be a desktop reference, and a collection of the base knowledge needed to proceed with system and network administration. This book contains many real life examples derived from the author's experience as a Linux system and network administrator, trainer and consultant. They hope these examples will help you to get a better understanding of the Linux system and that you feel encouraged to try out things on your own.
Click Here to receive this Complete Guide absolutely free.
Not really. As with any established board, there is a lot of "crying troll" when someone comes in with an opposite viewpoint. Most of the people come here and see us as representative of Linux and decide that this is the best way to blow off steam. As an expirement, try talking the poster down and seeing if their problem is solvable (people who just hate the way Linux works are fairly hard to reach but people who get angry because wireless, for example, won't work are reachable) to see if they're prepared to put in the hours and stick around.
The number of trolls is fairly small, comparatively, and they can be ignored/banned as required.
I get the feeling that some newer Linux users wish it was more like Windows. I don't think they intend to start arguments though. And I have to admit, in some cases I can see where they're coming from, even if I don't agree with them. Installing files/programs and making configuration changes seem to be two of the biggest hang-ups. For example, not all programs can be installed the same way; you may get a .deb / .rpm file, or a binary, or a tarball. Then one has to know when and how to compile what, which commands to use for different tasks (make vs ./), where to find dependencies, etc. This is all so radically different from the way Windows works, you're bound to get some seemingly hostile or negative reactions from people (especially users who knew Windows like the back of their hand and now find themselves back at the n00b level in Linux).
I am somewhat paranoid, so I do get this feeling. But, most of the time, trolls are just that ... trolls, big lumbering beasts with little brain and large club, whether they were hired out by the evil empire or not doesn't make much difference.
I don't see them much here, but on Digg and, to a lesser extent, Reddit, they're all over the place. Slashdot has "Twitter" who is an anti-MS troll of the worst type. He really is kind of embarrassing. Wikipedia has outrageous edit fights over all the major OSes. They use Linux, though, and usually have good info.
Funny site. But, you know, parts of me are not unlike many of those described there. Especially, Philosopher, Atheist, Evil Clown, Fanboy, Jekyll and Hyde, Acne, and others. I just try to keep those parts under control. The biggest problem with online communication in these ways is that, you wouldn't say something to someone's face in real life (things could get physical), but on forums and chatrooms ... it's safe, and even fun, haha