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Joe your average Linuxer

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an excerpt from:
http://www.dissidentvoice.org/Feb05/Engel0217.htm

"The first, and key, characteristic evident in Joe Linuxer is that he's a
maverick (Jane Linuxer is arguably even more so) -- perhaps even somewhat of
a rebel; in any case, an individualist. The desire to not be one of the herd,
to not have to put up with chewing the same stale cud as everyone else, often
propels these people into experimentation with various facets of their lives.
Their computer-usage experience is just one of those facets. Linux users tend
strongly toward the non-usual -- for all the good and bad that this implies.

Secondly, they tend to be capable -- not necessarily able to build a
spaceship out of a bicycle and cook a seven-course meal out of cupboard
scrapings, but willing to assume that they can do, build, repair, ?handle?
things. (As a closely coupled trait, they're often tinkerers, always trying
to unscrew the inscrutable. May the Great Ghu help the Universe if one of us
gets hold of the master key) Larry Wall, the creator of the Perl programming
language, spoke of the three great virtues of a programmer (Laziness,
Impatience, and Hubris); impatience, by Larry's definition, is the anger a
programmer feels when the computer is being lazy, which causes him to create
long-term solutions rather than short-term Band-Aids. Linuxers are often
excellent examples of this laudable kind of impatience -- and Linux provides
the opportunity to exercise it effectively.

As a result, Linuxers tend to feel a sense of ownership of their system; they
have not only gone out of the common path to install a different OS but have
tinkered with it, tweaked it, made it uniquely 'theirs' -- and just as,
e.g., long-distance sailors grant each other the respect due to those who
face the challenges of the ocean, Linuxers gather in communities in which
respect (specifically, respect for knowledge, competence, and contribution to
the community -- but several other flavors coexist as well) is the common
thread as well as the coin of the realm."

YAY!

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Re: Joe your average Linuxer

Yay indeed! That is a great description of one linux user and his general personality. It also implies why those same linuxers programmers put so much of their time to something and then go and share it. It's respect they are after. :-)

As a linux user, i recognize myself in that text (except that i'm not a programmer, yet).

BTW: I think that link is broken.

Thank you
Daniel

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Re: Joe your average Linuxer

Yea, i quite liked it too.
Concerning the link, I checked it and used the find text function and used a phrase from the excerpt above. No link breakage. :-D

Anyone else relate a lot to that description above...? Wink

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