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I'm a pure newbie to Linux, and having installed Mandrake 9.1 with no knowledge or help save the friendly interface, encountered problems as every non-genius newbie does. Before I touched Linux, I had heard Linux gurus discuss their favorite OS in a very arrogant manner, posing themselves as superior to Windows users or Linux newbies and using their questions as an advantage to show off or verbally offend.
Then a Linux user friend of mine told me to register at LinuxQuestions.org, assuring me that they were a very knowledgeable yet friendly community. With anxiety that I would be told something prompt like "RTFM," I posted my first ultra-noob question in the Newbie forum. I was pleasantly surprised as I received several replies that gave the direct solution to my problem in a clear and helpful manner. I could clearly feel the sympathy and warmth in their replies.
I would like to thank everyone who is part of the LinuxQuestions.org community for being such helpful and friendly people. Now I realize that not all knowledgeable people are antisocial nerds. The level of respect and helpfulness maintained in this community has always impressed me and I firmly believe that LinuxQuestions.org will go a long way in promoting the widespread use of Linux and open-source software, and encourage those with little computer knowledge to make the next rewarding step to Linux.
I posted a similar message when I first found LinuxQuestions and I have not changed my mind. They are a great bunch who love their OS and will spend a lot of time helping strangers to share the experience.
I try to spend at least as much time giving help as asking for it. Do not be shy about offering an answer if you think you can help. I find that helps me as much as the petitioner as I tend to check out the position before "going public" and learn a bit more for myself.
I think that you only tend to get the arrogance when people forget how it was when they first joined. I also joined this site with trepidation - I had been elsewhere where the site was a 'closed shop' all the members knew each other and they looked down on new members.
The best part of this site is that I don't think anyone here thinks of themselves as knowing everything.
This is a very friendly site - esp. when you consider how many members there are here.
just cuz most of us are real nice to fellow computer users doesn't mean we're nice to everybody else . glad to hear there's another happy club member!
i find that many other message boards are filled with obnoxious little bitches who wanna show-off, whereas linuxquestions is a bit more of a "community". i get real irritated when i go on other message boards and people are just dicks to be dicks to somebody (probably those anti-social geex you were talking about) and that somebody is me.
for the record, i'm only a dickhead when attacked with a dickhead comment.
geez, everyone on linuxquestions is such a stupid bitch!
I'll repeat again that the level of maturity attained here is the highest I've observed in any forums. Just cos people grow old doesn't mean they grow up! Viva LQ and GROUPHUG to all the charming handsome men and pretty petite girls of LQ!
I'm feeling particularly jubilant right now because I installed my nVidia drivers for the first time (with lots of help from LQ, of course) and finally got Tux Racer to run smoothly! I know it's no stellar achievement, but still, means a lot to me considering that I first had not the foggiest idea of how to get 3D acceleration working in Linux.