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Over several years of using Linux distros (Debian happens to be my fave) and BSDs for my primary computing, I've picked up the odd piece of useful info.
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    I have a problem.

    I guess I need to try that one.
    Posted 02-19-2010 at 05:39 AM by Web31337 Web31337 is offline
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    Too true.

    Interesting, and definitely worth keeping in mind. Thank you for the insight.
    Posted 01-14-2010 at 06:26 PM by ofaring ofaring is offline
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    I agree with you but will try to stay closer on subject with some of my earlier frustration with getting started with linux. I owned a lawn care service and my book keeping was as close as I got to the computer. I was forced to retire because of health at 65 and decided to give linux a try.

    I was trying to install a modem driver and was having all kinds of problems. I read all the material I could get my hands on. My main problem was understanding how to open terminal and use a text editor.

    From this problem and being too embarassed to ask a direct question my thread got long. One member reconised my problem and lead me step by step and I have never forgotten it.

    My point is a lot of the posts (my belief) are too embarassed to admit they do not understand a thing of what they have read and do not know where to look for the answers.
    Posted 01-04-2010 at 04:07 PM by Larry Webb Larry Webb is offline
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    I agree completely with your reasoning here and in your OP. But...
    It is a sad fact that the quality of documentation available in linux distributions is often lacking, perhaps especially so in comparison to the BSDs. X is a good example. Upstart, udev, the list goes on.
    Posted 01-03-2010 at 05:10 PM by lwasserm lwasserm is offline
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    @Larry Webb

    Yeah, I know. It's the unfortunate trend of unchecked industrialism, which I can also go on and on about. I hope, in my small way, to bring better balance where I can.
    Posted 12-31-2009 at 03:48 PM by ofaring ofaring is offline
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    I'm not sure whether I've come across that site on asking proper questions before, but it kicks a$$. What an awesome write-up. Thanks for the link.
    Posted 12-31-2009 at 03:44 PM by ofaring ofaring is offline
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    The subject of common sense which is a great part of the ability to self teach and reason with problems is not only related to computers.
    Look at road signs that they have on freeways telling you to slow down because fog is on overpass or bridge. Can not a person see the fog and reason with the danger of driving too fast.
    We have become a society that is not supposed to think for ourselves. Some of this may be due to pressure to instantly learn and apply without taken time to understand the theory.
    I think there is going to be a slow but large change in the computer world in the next ten years and it will become a throw-a-way society with no individual repair or sales. Most of the servers will be very large and small companies and individual servers will be mainly for the bobbist. This of course will require fewer jobs.

    I hope I am wrong but will sign off because I could go on all day with this subject.
    Posted 12-26-2009 at 05:32 PM by Larry Webb Larry Webb is offline
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    yah it's disgusting. i think the same way: if they are able to connect to internet, find this forum and register(it's a long way), why isn't it so easy and fast to look over readmes and official docs...
    Everyone just needs to know this: How To Ask Questions The Smart Way. But that won't be soon
    I've seen some users first came here and ask really good-formulated questions but they're like a drops in ocean...
    I remember my first meeting with linux(it was Debian Lenny) in June 2009. I asked questions from my friends, already were on linux, and the only question i asked in public(that was on debian's IRC channel) was about 3 SATA HDDs: I was unable to boot when i inserted my two other HDDs and I got pretty clear advice to move /etc/fstab to UUID instead of locations in /dev/. I got through all other things myself, when I came to understand that this system(i mean linux itself, not the single distro) is the one I wanted my entire computer life
    Linux rocks! Last thing to say. And it will rock.
    Yes it is not too user-friendly by now but in fact i'm beginning to doubt that "user-friendliness" is good. I think it's the reason why most users don't know anything about computer, so they unable to work without mouse or nice buttons of windows/etc. I see it more like a death of computer world, not the high technologies developing.
    Posted 12-26-2009 at 12:19 AM by Web31337 Web31337 is offline
    Updated 12-26-2009 at 12:27 AM by Web31337
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    Posted 12-01-2009 at 09:31 PM by ofaring ofaring is offline


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