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And not everyone is interested in helping others so they don't answer posts.
You know I never understood that, I mean linux is all about collaborating together for the common good. Linux means voluntarism. Everytime I get some help on the forum, I think in my head "I hope one day I can get as good, so I can return the favor". I have helped quite a few people, both here and in person, but to this day, that is one of the main reasons that make me strive to get beter in Linux, and for my own benefit of course
Location: Student of University of Mumbai, Maharastra State, India
Distribution: Redhat Linux 9.0, Knoppix LIVE CD, Ubuntu Live CD, Kubuntu Live CD
Originally posted by XavierP This is a side effect of our popularity. Someone may sign up, post a question once and get an answer. After that, they search the forums and all their problems are answered that way without them ever having to post again. And not everyone is interested in helping others so they don't answer posts.
I completely agree...
I think, ppl in the Linux community should be helping each other....
To tell you the truth, I am quite a newbie.....but whatever knowledge I have I try to answer the questions "0 replies posts"....
Yes, statistically, only around 10% of a discussion group make the running.
Newbies and novices generally need to watch what they say. It may not be a case of don't want to help, more, can't help.
But many of the active 10% are performing a really valuable service and it is appreciated.
By way of perspective, I fell behind in fielding emails from my music group. I study them in sequence and got 6 months behind. That's 2000 emails, folks.
My point: if you do something properly, it takes time. You have to be very single-minded to be a serious poster anywhere.
Reading, let alone writing!
Gradually as Linux is growing a lot more in the developing countries, we will begin to have alot more members who are newbies and will need the help of all of us who have had a prior experience with Linux to also grow to fully appreciate the strength of Linux.
Let's all spread the good news of Linux in everyway possible and LQ will have a lot more active members than inactive.
Here is my idea, mentioned earlier. If it's cracked, please let me know.
There are many distributions of Linux and I don't know which, if any, will become dominant or indeed who will merge to become big players.
But if you remember the VHS - Sony\Betamax war in videotape format, the winning player was the one that got to the mass market first - via video rentals rather than the schools market.
So how do you roll out Linux in an easy format? Since making money is not the absolute priority with some developers, why not sell large flash drives ( >=512Mb ) with Linux preinstalled, a simple deal between suppliers?
My concern is not so much with who will win, but with Linux winning over more proprietary brands viz $MS$.
As I see it, Rusell, that would be hard to do since different systems has different hardware and needs specific settings. Although what you are thinking of already exists in the form of Live-CD, which is a great thing that really can help people get a clue of what Linux is. When DVD-readers will become faster and faster we may benefit even more from LiveCDs.
Anyway, I too should thank the community here at LQ and even if I have been busy for a while now I try to keep helping out friends and family. Helping other people will not only benefit them but yourself as well, as you will learn more through the teaching. I liked an announcement made by Google earlier when they said that "we have been using open source a lot and now we feel that it is time to give something back to the community" (not their precise words but...). This was refering to the hiring of several programmers intended to improve OpenOffice.org.
It's just human to help each other, and that is why I like open source, that and the freedom of choice.
I had overlooked Live-CD - as the motto at the bottom says: There is more than one way to do it"
I shall spend some time on this.
I have to say I didn't (myself) really understand your point about different hardware and different settings. There are a number of known hardware options which you can approach with different media, ie CDs, DVDs, flash drives. Surely when you introduce an operating system you bring all your own settings with you, so they would be included in the medium (media).
You don't for example when you're within Windows find a file that makes it easy for you to install a rival system. No chance!