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Linux With Linux on the desktop going from a slow crawl to verging on an explosion, many have toiled with the question: How do we make this happen faster? A well-known Austin-based Linux Advocate thinks he has the answer.
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I stopped reading
by Soulbender on Thu 24th Jan 2008 06:25 UTC
Soulbender
Member since:
2005-08-18

...when I saw it was on lxer.com. Well, I should have stopped but since I'm sucker for pain and punishment I read it anyway. Against my better judgment.
And boy, was it ever a bad judgment call.
One sentence in and I'm already lost:

I caught up with Ken Starks aka helios on the phone when I first heard of this effort.


Huh? What effort? Seriously, this is NOT a good way to start your article. Not that it gets better later or anything.

And after reading the entire boring interview I still dont know what he gets so right.

A typical substandard lxer article.

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RE: I stopped reading
by sbergman27 on Thu 24th Jan 2008 13:18 in reply to "I stopped reading"
sbergman27 Member since:
2005-07-24

...when I saw it was on lxer.com.


As someone who used to hang out at LXer quite a lot, I know what you mean. LXer is a small, rather insular, community of Linux true believers and choir members who meet everyday to preach to each other. To be clear, I'm a member of the Linux Advocacy Choir myself. But after a time, even I came to find the atmosphere there stifling and more than a bit boring. And one day I realized that whenever a story was posted to the site, I already knew exactly what each of the other members was going to say in the comments. I had gotten to know them all pretty well and, to a great degree, could have done a fair job writing their comments for them. I should say that there are two or three notable exceptions; Two or three members had exceptional wit and insight, lots of (sobering) practical experience in the industry, and always looked very carefully at all sides of every argument before speaking. (And if you are reading this, you know who you are.) I finally decided to make a break for it and moved here.

I have never regretted it. I'm not much of an arguer, myself. But I enjoy watching the debate here. And it keeps me honest, too. I can't just trumpet the virtues of my chosen OS without someone setting me straight on a few facts. And I enjoy finding the common ground I hold with people with whom I otherwise disagree on many things. I have fun disagreeing with my friends, here. And it keeps me from getting too OBSESSED and SERIOUS about my Linux and FOSS advocacy.

And I, too, tend to avoid LXer articles, Soulbender. I have fond memories of my days at LXer. But I really don't care to go back.

Edited 2008-01-24 13:22 UTC

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RE[2]: I stopped reading
by Moochman on Thu 24th Jan 2008 18:17 in reply to "RE: I stopped reading"
Moochman Member since:
2005-07-06

Hehe if you're not much of an arguer, maybe here isn't the best place to be after all ;) . Just saying this as quite the arguer myself. But I warmly welcome you here anyway. And I'll try not to argue with you too much ;) .

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RE: I stopped reading
by iron_chef on Fri 25th Jan 2008 16:33 in reply to "I stopped reading"
iron_chef Member since:
2007-10-12

Soulbender - thank you. I was beginning to think that I was the only one here who thought that this read more like a high school book report than anything else. I mean, come on, do they even have an editor there? How many times can you use the word "effort" in one paragraph? It's almost painful to read.

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