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Wildhair 11-14-2019 07:01 PM


Originally Posted by Reziac (Post 6057793)
Yep... (I say, posting this from WinXP, where the oldest app still in regular use hies from 1991) fact we lately had a thread here somewhere, "How should I improve the LQ site?" and the roaring reply was, "DON'T FIX IT!" :D

[And I wouldn't 'upgrade' vBulletin either. The latest version I've seen is broken in ways that never plagued these antiques.]

I'm sooo glad I'm not working now. I am so tired of Windows and all the descendents from 1.x through 10 over the years. Same old, same old.

While this adage works well in the corporate world, people who sell or license software must continue to update even if it's only bring to bring the GUI up to the more recent look and feel. I met one guy some years back who had a Win3.x program with the installer last updated in 98. He made a pot load of money in the beginning but that dried up to a drip today because the GUI shows the age. It still does everything they claim and is still unique in the market. But people aren't licensing it any longer (not at 4k a month) due to it. I and others have recommended he update it, and he swears he will but the fact is he can't afford to have it done. That train left the station before 2k became an issue for the IT community.

But we're talking Linux here, so I have to mention working on reverse engineering how that program worked and producing an open source project based on it. But now I'm not working, I have time to relearn Python (from 2.7) and attempt to do just that. Time has always been so frenetic. I ran into Linux in a Slackware book in 95. I'd heard some rumors of a *NIX clone and wanted to learn it. v1.18.x if I recall correctly. Was an absolute bear. If I weren't working with PC hardware at the time I'd never have figured out how to get X up and running. You had to know the horizontal/vertical frequencies and other minute details of the video card and use this oddball editor I'd never seen before, and just barely knew how to open a file, modify it and close it. Something called Emacs. Horrors! Then thrust into compiling C programs just to get them working long enough to determine if I could use it. Setting up and using a 2400 baud modem to connect to the world. But it had such a steep learning curve I put it up until 98 after realizing IBM couldn't market its way out of a wet paper bag and OS/2 was dead for all practical purposes. I'd actually met Gates in 92 and he ticked me off then and I swore from that point on I never use a single product of his ... and I never have. That's why I had my eye on anything else (an original ABM before the phrase was even coined).

Today, Linux is some really slick s**t, err, stuff. I've converted multitudes of the pre-boomer generation over once they realized how much it cost to use a PC with that other OS on it. They just wanted something that worked, didn't care about bells/whistles, just wanted it to work. No crashing on occasions or suddenly have white letters on a blue background displayed. Their toaster, ovens and other gadgets worked that way, so they expect the same from a PC.

I've strayed far enough off the field it's time to sign off and hide from the moderator.

zaivala 11-16-2019 08:11 PM

Thanks for the wonderful site, Jeremy. This page welcomed me 11 years ago, and while I'm still a blooming idiot, I am a blooming idiot who uses Linux 100% of the time and even has a regular spot on two podcasts! (mintCast and Distrohoppers' Digest) It also hosts the only forum for one of my favorite distros, Bodhi Linux.

I have no idea what you can do to make the site better. Maybe change the colors and soften the blockiness of it? But it is the people who make this site great, and you're the #1 person here.

Pen guin 12-11-2019 02:45 PM

It's a more than a day late and a dollar short...but better late than never, as the saying goes...

Happy (very) belated birthday.

It's a very nice site, as well as friendly and responsive, which makes learning Linux easier.

shevegen 12-17-2019 12:03 AM

Hey jeremy,

Do you think it would be possible to update the looks of the webforum here?

I don't mean a huge change; just a few improvements. Right now the age
shows a bit. I have been around here for quite a long time too.

Lsatenstein 01-02-2020 09:35 AM

Congratulations. We both started in Linux many years ago.
Sometime ago, long ago, in 2004, I started with Linux. It was my first introduction. Linux could fit onto a single 1.44 floppy. In fact in 2004, all of Linux could fit onto a 800meg CD.

We certainly can't do either today, unless it is a network install ISO.

In all the years, I have never faltered from being a Linux bigot. I would have linux for breakfast, for reading material in the bus on the way to work, and ...
I must have driven many friends crazy with conversations about Linux and the no-need for Windows.

It was not before LibreOffice came along that I could do the big sell. Linux is for business. And here we are today, 2020,jan,2 and what do we find.
Almost every distribution listed in Distrowatch is stable, will function according to the developer's objectives, and wow, it is a Linux world.
Microsoft is one of the biggest Linux users. How can you beat that? Gradually, MS is moving to emulate Linux in Windows. That is, to isolate the user from the Windows system.

There will always be two worlds for desktop users. Windows and Linux. Windows, because they came first, and are entrenched. It is something like the biblical story of David and Goliath. Linux will have to come up with something great (like Alexa) before it happens in Windows, and then... Linux will take the lead.

Happy New Year to all

ehartman 02-06-2020 04:29 PM

> I'm proud to announce that LQ turned 19 yesterday!

As this was posted in januari 2019, this site should now have passed its 20th birthday.

El Gato Feo 02-15-2020 11:52 AM

Happy Anniversary!!! 2020
Happy Anniversary! 2020 will be a GREAT YEAR!!

ArtStallion 02-15-2020 08:49 PM

Nice, nice congragulations. I'm a pretty new Linux user myself, but I love it. One of the things I would suggest for this site, would be to improve the aesthetics and UI. This might seem a bit useless, and I don't know the costs of such an operation, but I feel like if you want more new people to stay here and sort out their Linux issues (instead of going to or something like that) I think improving the looks might be a solid step.

And also yes, I myself want such an update :)

Stingreen 03-02-2020 02:12 PM

Well, I just logged back in after 15 years. :) I remember you jeremy. I remember you helped me when I was only 19 trying to figure out everything from scratch.

I just wanted to thank this community helping me a lot understand the basics and for making who I am today. My career is simply built on top of the knowledge I gathered in here.
I'm so happy, so grateful. I hope I can do something back to show my gratitude.

bhermance 03-21-2020 11:48 AM


gr8oz 04-25-2020 12:23 PM

Suggest larger font
Maybe there is a way to do this but my old eyes find the forums difficult to read. I'd suggest making the font larger or rearranging the screen to separate, larger windows for each box

Reziac 04-25-2020 01:20 PM


Originally Posted by gr8oz (Post 6115780)
Maybe there is a way to do this but my old eyes find the forums difficult to read. I'd suggest making the font larger or rearranging the screen to separate, larger windows for each box

Same here, but I have the font zoom set to 120% -- hold down CTRL and tap PLUS until it achieves a readable size for you. After a certain size the font may also show up as bold, depending on your settings.

xzone 07-09-2020 02:12 AM

Congratulations and the old logo was very nice

Hermani 07-12-2020 09:17 AM

If I am correct, LinuxQuestions has already passed 20!


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