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What is a Linux User?

Posted 06-12-2019 at 06:08 AM by GazL
Updated 06-12-2019 at 06:13 AM by GazL

I just read an article over at entitled
"What is a Linux User?"

The author of that piece celebrates the fact that the majority of "linux users" no longer know, or even need to know, what they're doing.

Yes, it's great that those with little skill can now use free software, but without the ability to compile from source the main advantage of free and open software -- the ability to change it to suit your preferences -- is void.

As Agent Smith infamously said: "What good is a phone call if you are unable to speak."

It's just like the Cooking vs Ready-Meals (TV Dinners) situation. It shouldn't be celebrated, it should be lamented.
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    I am very interested to see where Slackware will go in years to come and to see for how long Pat can avoid systemd. I was rather depressed yesterday when I watched Youtube vlogger Luke Smith's video on systemd whereby he said that he had tried to hate it and failed. He just couldn't see anything wrong with it.

    This is the way the Linuxsphere is going, and the Linuxsphere is very young when one counts it in generations rather than years. The new generation of millenials/zoomers don't give a stuff about systemd and don't care if their OS is easy to use. It just werks. This is the way things are going and even though there may be the musty old traditionalists [like me] who tweak Slackware and BSD ad nauseam, I fear we are a dying breed.

    That said, it's really nice to see younger friends and colleagues using Mint and enjoying it, actually having fun with their computers rather than simmering in constant frustration with it. I'd rather that were the case than they used Windows. That said, it's likely that Window 11 will ship with a Linux kernel, and that it will be a very solid operating system, though probably still stuffed to the hilt with telemetry. If MS do this [and I imagine they will], their position as market leaders will be indubitably resecured.
    Posted 06-13-2019 at 04:14 AM by Lysander666 Lysander666 is online now
    Updated 06-13-2019 at 04:16 AM by Lysander666
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    Thanks for dropping in lysander. I won't get into systemd other than saying I have both ideological and technical objections to it. Unfortunately whenever the subject is raised one is inundated with trolls.

    Don't get me wrong, I'm not one of those elitist nuts who believes things should be difficult for the sake of it.

    Back in the day I can remember having to sit down with pencil and paper and calculate the dotclock timings for a Xserver modeline to get XFree86 (Xorg's predecessor for you young'uns) to work. It was horrendous! If you got it wrong there was a good chance that your monitor would quite literally go up in smoke. Nobody should have to do that and it's only right that things are much easier now, but when it comes to computer users not even understanding the basic concepts behind the filesystem such as what a "directory" is, then I worry.

    I couldn't fix my own car, who can with modern electronic engine management systems, but I do have more of an understanding of it than "Right pedal: faster, left pedal: slower", but that analogy seems to be exactly where we are with modern computer literacy.

    Than again... perhaps there are still as many of us out there who understand our systems as there always was, but that we're just a less visible percentage compared to the mass of normies now using I.T. equipment.

    Yes. I think I'll choose to believe that, as the alternative is too depressing.
    Posted 06-13-2019 at 06:51 AM by GazL GazL is offline
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    Zippos fell out of fashion long ago. Probably why I still use em.

    My autistic grand son does not care his AntiX Dell laptop is systemd free. He is just glad grandpa is there for the rough spots.

    He is quiet in the back ground kind of linux user.
    My wife has yet to touch her older Asus touchscreen laptop that I replaced fubar'd Windows 10 drive that was in a boot loop going no where, with MX Linux.

    She still has a Windows 10 Dell laptop as comfort food.

    Some are hobby dudes and dudettes. Some are just daily drivers with no clue under the hood.

    Makes me feel important from time to time. Not bad times ,stroking ones ego.

    Kinda waiting to see how this Windows wanting to make edge browser linux compatible works out as well using a linux kernel. Just smoke or what. Maybe even use file system instead of a registry?
    Posted 06-17-2019 at 11:22 AM by rokytnji rokytnji is offline


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