[GRLUG] Distro's - GRLUG test comment, dead thread

Alan ajabma at chartermi.net
Fri May 12 00:18:35 EDT 2006

Ron is a great supporter of Linux and Open Source and one of the most helpfull 
people I know.

On Thursday 11 May 2006 11:42 pm, Adam bultman wrote:
> I haven't been able to address this email until now. (Well, I started
> one earlier, but Thunderbird ate it.)  Please read.
> Ron Lauzon wrote:
> <snip>
> > I too often see people who post "I want to write a program do <insert
> > some very complicated thing here>.  How do I do that?" and follow up
> > with responses like "What's a compiler?" and "What's an editor?"
> >
> > I give them credit for trying, but they are in so far over their heads
> > that it would take quite some time to explain everything to them - and
> > the ones that I typically have seen, get very defensive when you try to
> > explain that to them.
> > Well, we graduated from the School of Hard Knocks, and then someone,
> >
> > usually without appreciation, wants you to just give them the answer.
> > Have too many people do that to you and see how elitist and snobbish you
> > get - especially when they take credit for your work and think that they
> > are knowledgeable because of it.
> Goodness gracious, Ron, please tell me you aren't like this in person,
> that you're just being argumentative.  I hope you realize that if the
> rest of the Open Source people were like you, Open Source wouldn't
> exist.  For that matter, simple chivalry wouldn't exist.
> Sometimes, you need to do things For The Common Good instead of Looking
> Out For Number One.  Sometimes, you need to give someone the answer so
> they can move forward and learn. You know, how teachers helped you when
> you were younger, and how other computer people helped you when you were
> learning, either via MAN pages, HOWTOs, or say, computer books.
> I really hope you don't attempt to talk to others about linux, or open
> source software, because you'd be doing way more damage than good.
> Actually, I hope you don't interact with people often at all because
> seriously, your attitudes are corrosive.
> Adam "What the hell have you done for me lately, and more importantly,
> why should I give a damn" Bultman
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