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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