Linked by Clinton De Young on Mon 3rd Mar 2003 03:07 UTC
Debian and its clones If you are reading this, I assume you already know what the Linux kernel is and why you may want to update it. However, if you are accidentally reading this walkthrough, just happen to be running Linux, and have no idea what the kernel is or why you would want to update it, the next two paragraphs are for you (if you are looking instead into a less verbose and more generic way of updating your kernel on any Linux distro, read here). In a neophyte nutshell, the Linux kernel is the brain of the Linux system. It tells your system which file systems, hardware, protocols, etc. are supported. There is a lot more to it than that, of course, but I think that diminutive description will suffice for now.
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RE Fuzzyping (I think)
by Iconoclast on Mon 3rd Mar 2003 15:30 UTC

As someone who has put forth a lot of effort in documenting process such as getting your CD burner working, building a kernel, and creating your own LAMP project (besides numerous other papers and howto's), I take great offense to this comment.

I'm sorry that you felt I was referring to you personally. I wasn't. I was talking about a certain stereotype. If you don't fit that description, then I wasn't talking about you.

It's not that all advanced users are adverse to helping newbies... it's that most topics (especially building a kernel) have been documented extensively online already. I find that most beginners are just too lazy (yes, lazy!) to research this information at all.

You are correct to some degree I believe and I agree with you (this is exactly why I personally don't actively look for people to help with Linux). However, as I mentioned above, often times new users just need to have a little handholding and compassion shown towards them. They are willing to venture out into the unknown when they feel somebody is there to back them up. Somebody they feel who cares that they have success. I think Clinton has done a lot towards this end in his article.

Just as you shouldn't stereotype about all advanced users, I shouldn't cast all beginners into this role. Fact is, I had to start somewhere as well... it was at a local Linux User's Group. The folks there were very helpful, and I go back routinely to give talks on a variety of topics.

I don't stereotype all advanced users in this category. I am an advanced user, and if somebody asks me to help them, I will (I just don't go looking for those opportunities and usually I just end up doing the work for them while they watch); however, we have all run into the stereotype I was talking about. It is common enough that a lot of new users hate Linux experts. Is this not true?

Again, it's not that "we" are being terse... but we appreciate when folks show some manner of effort.

I appreciate the same thing, and think it is necessary. However, I also appreciate that things that seem trivial to me now, were not trivial to me six or seven years ago. Often times, Linux documents are written to those with experience. I think beginner docs are very important. I haven't read your documentation, so I'm not commenting on it, so don't take offense.

Particularly since we aren't getting paid for any of our services. It seems like the only time most newbies are even aware of our work is when they might get promoted on a site like this. Heaven forbid they use Google to find the information they require.

Perhaps they don't know what to search for. Anyway, I'm glad that Clinton wrote this article and that OSNews is open enough to this type of documentation to post it.