Linked by Steve Husted on Wed 5th Oct 2005 17:53 UTC
Gentoo I've been wanting to try Gentoo for some time, but always had to roll my eyes at the pages and pages of installation instructions. This time, however, I rolled up my sleeves and buckled down. Minutes later, I was on my way.
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RE: all
by shuste73 on Wed 5th Oct 2005 20:05 UTC
shuste73
Member since:
2005-10-05

Thanks for your posts and flames.

I'm not really a Slackware "fanboy" - I just really like Linux. Really! I try distros not to break them down, but to really check them out, see what they're about, and form opinions about the state of Linux.

Slackware has its problems. In my OPINION, Gentoo introduced more problems than it fixed. And that's too bad. I *really* wanted to like Gentoo, I just didn't. Perhaps my expectations were set too high. I'll take that hit.

If you read the article, I *DID* RTFM - many of them - many times - I just didn't want to. Important difference. Which is why Linux on the desktop isn't going to go mainstream (or the ubiquitous "ready for the desktop") in 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, or probably even after, unless some attitudes change. And that saddens me.

When you first fired up Firefox, did you first RTFM? Nope, not a damned one of you did. If you had to, you wouldn't have used it. It just worked. But if you want to about:config, you can (and many of you probably do).

But you condemn me for the same behavior with my OS?

Point made?

And I have learned quite a bit about editing my config files manually in Linux, thank you. I also learned to hack the registry in Windows. Doesn't mean that I'm better for it. It means that OSX still looks appealing to me (though I'd never pay for the hardware, and I may not have to with recent developments).

I also learned how to manually build a GUI in Java. What a painful lesson in tedium. Then I later did it by drag 'n drop and was thankful for it.

Let's not all be a bunch of Luddites here and accept progress.

Point made?

RE: anonymous coward: my grammar was fine. If you read OSNews' submission guidelines, you'll see: "Ideally, articles should be easy to read and personal. Humor is always nice, and a little sarcasm can't hurt" and "an overly formal style is discouraged."

RE: other anonymous cowards: again, if you read OSNews' submission guidelines, you'll see that this is NOT just a news site - opinion pieces are welcome. And that's what this is.

<sigh>

To the intelligent, thoughful replies (i.e. not the guy who's entire, eruditic post was "idiot"), thanks. Even when you didn't agree, your replies were thoughtful and considerate. This is the Linux community I admire.

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RE[2]: all
by devurandom on Wed 5th Oct 2005 20:19 in reply to "RE: all"
devurandom Member since:
2005-07-06

When you first fired up Firefox, did you first RTFM? Nope, not a damned one of you did. If you had to, you wouldn't have used it. It just worked. But if you want to about:config, you can (and many of you probably do).

When you first fired up Linux, did you first RTFM?

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RE[3]: all
by shuste73 on Wed 5th Oct 2005 20:29 in reply to "RE[2]: all"
shuste73 Member since:
2005-10-05

When you first fired up Linux, did you first RTFM?

You're making my point. This is why my (insert acquaintance here) doesn't use Linux but they DO use Firefox.

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