Liberal Linux Elite
I must comment on the Letter of the month in LXF232. Your (usually great) magazine urges people to “Get into Linux”, but then when someone asks for some help they are ridiculed about Google, and told that a “beginner” is usually competent. If Linux is going to become more mainstream then we all need to get away from adopting an elitist attitude.
I seem to spend half my life promoting Linux as opposed to Expensive OS, and OpenOffice software instead of pre-installed Office, so comments like yours do not help. SteveWard,viaemail
Thanks for your mail and I’ve taken your feedback to heart. First you’re absolutely correct we should be welcoming newcomers to Linux, and on the whole I think we do. Just in my defence I’m not sure how jokingly suggesting someone use Google is elitist? Especially as I then go on to answer their question.
Currently, my assessment of the Linux ecosystem is that to use most Linux distros, even as a “beginner”, you need to be a competent PC user. How else are you expecting people to install Linux? That certainly requires quite a level of knowledge to begin with – how to boot a PC from a different medium, write an ISO to a DVD or USB stick, sort out UEFI issues, understand basic partitions and more – is that beginner stuff? Genuine question.
Alongside that, if you want to use Linux you’re absolutely going to be searching/asking for help. There’s nothing wrong with that – we do it on a daily basis. So I do agree with you, perhaps my joky nature doesn’t always come across as well as I think!