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Slackware 13.37: Linux for the fun of it

Slackware 13.37: Linux for the fun of it

Posted Mar 31, 2011 18:17 UTC (Thu) by sumanah (subscriber, #59891)
In reply to: Slackware 13.37: Linux for the fun of it by dsimic
Parent article: Slackware 13.37: Linux for the fun of it

Easy-to-install and easy-to-use free operating systems give people tools to make their lives easier. It is legitimate to contribute things to the world other than code and to focus one's energy on understanding things other than code.

(And, anecdotally, nontechnical users I know find Ubuntu easier to use than Windows. So it's not just cheaper, it's better.)

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Slackware 13.37: Linux for the fun of it

Posted Apr 3, 2011 1:13 UTC (Sun) by dsimic (subscriber, #72007) [Link]

Well, that makes sense from another standpoint. ;) You're right that it's perfectly Ok to do other things than coding and such, but with Ubuntu you get people amazed by colorful things and distracted from the hard way of learning what's actually happening under the bonnet. And you get another "mutation" of M$ Windows in the town.

Similar status applies to M$ Windows itself -- there are very few people knowing what's happening under the bonnet, as it's much more fun to poke images and watch videos, than to dvelve into MFC / DCOM or whatever, or to type in a console or vi. I'd say similar will happen with newcomers into Linux which opt for Ubuntu or similar "brain-dead" distros, as nobody will start picking to do more complicated things.

As with Slackware in old days, you *had* to know what's under the bonnet just to bring up a PPP connection. So if anybody wanted to do anything, he had to learn a lot. Nowadays all the colorful stuff is simply de-motivating learning -- I can bet that less than 1% of Ubuntu users know what the heck is iptables, for example.

But again, I might be wrong. Probably I just need to watch more YouTube videos. ;)

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