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

Bob Kline bob.kline at gmail.com
Sat May 13 15:00:04 EDT 2006

My reading is that no one is suggesting that
people not try doing as much as they can first.
If you need that much upfront instruction,  there
are many fine schools in the area offering
Linux courses - this group gets hit every now
and then with someone trying to get a homework
problem done on the cheap.  Others of us spent
a lot of time in college trying to get that up front
training that would qualify us to ask (hopefully)
good questions from others.  And of course good
questions are valuable - good answers represent
things that are already known, and can be looked
up,  albeit not always easily.

I suggest the issue has a lot to do with judgement,
and that is mostly no better than most other things
in life.  Most people stay within reasonable
guidelines.  A few never will.  But at bottom, I'd rather
see people error a little on the side of asking too
soon that giving up on Linux because they can't
get going.   It's a judgement call on the part of all
involved,  and given that people are free to ignore
e-mails,  do so if you're bothered.  For those that
get pleasure from just moving the world along,  this
group is also an opportunity.  And who hasn't learned
something at some point during the process of
helping others?


On 5/13/06, Tim Schmidt <timschmidt at gmail.com> wrote:
> On 5/12/06, Brad Becker <investmgmt at s91195370.onlinehome.us> wrote:
> > On Friday 12 May 2006 10:01, Bob Kline wrote:
> >
> > >  I'd really rather see people just delete what they
> > >  don't like and move on.
> >
> > Agreed, and I'll add that if you aren't looking to *offer* help for
> questions
> > (no matter how easy), don't bother posting either.  I personally have no
> > patience for the RTFM crowd who go out of their way to rain on the
> parade and
> > assume every answer is easily fathomable in google.
> I'm all for being helpfull...   But as Ron has said, you can only be
> _so_ helpfull to some people.  In the end, Linux and all the
> surrounding software, and the worldwide interweb that connects it all
> is a complex beast, and  folks who want to jump into the gory details
> _should_ do a significant amount of learning beforehand.
> As one guy on the web put it, you can't treat a tricycle like a
> stealth bomber.  One takes a lot more knowledge / experience / etc. to
> operate effectively.  Nor can you weld the interface of the tricycle
> to the stealth bomber while retaining all the features that make it a
> stealth bomber.
> --tim
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