2012-09-11

How to get help for Linux: insult it

The Linux community does not take kindly to newbies. Thus, the trick is to insult Linux and you get all the help you need, because they want to prove you wrong. One user gives an example:
I didn't know how to find files by contents and the man pages were way too confusing. What did I do? I knew from experience that if I just asked, I'd be told to read the man pages even though it was too hard for me. Instead, I did what works. Trolling. By stating that Linux sucked because it was so hard to find a file compared to Windows, I got every self-described Linux Guru around the world coming to my aid.
Funny. Note that this post is tongue-in-cheek; I am aware that the issue has many facets. Random thoughts:
  • Some people should indeed simply read TFM.
  • There are Linux sub-communities that are very newbie-friendly.
  • I find some open source voices needlessly combative.

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