[conspire] linuxmanship

Don Marti dmarti at zgp.org
Thu Dec 7 23:56:40 PST 2006

begin Rick Moen quotation of Thu, Dec 07, 2006 at 06:05:36PM -0800:
> Quoting Daniel Gimpelevich (daniel at gimpelevich.san-francisco.ca.us):
> > This may sound odd, but I actually had the very text quoted below in mind
> > as a model for forming objections to Don's essay. It seemed to me that the
> > sheer volume of pleas for help with Windows that filter into everything
> > under the sun negated, to some degree, the lack of "a zero-sum competition
> > for popularity" as a force driving the advancement of Linux, because let's
> > face it: When somebody uses Windows, everybody suffers.
> The context of my remark was in answer to demands that I prove to people
> that they should use Linux rather than [something else, usually
> MS-Windows].  My answer is:  Why?  I gain nothing worth mentioning if 
> you use Linux.  I lose nothing worth mentioning if you use MS-Windows.

The intended audience of "Linuxmanship" is people who
like using Linux (for whatever reason) and want to use
it at work or for consulting clients.  So it's really
about persuading people to let you, the reader, use
Linux -- not about persuading other people to use it.

Of course, at most companies it's a bad idea to have a
computer that only one person knows how to deal with,
so part of getting Linux going at work is training
and encouraging your co-workers.

Don Marti                    
dmarti at zgp.org           LinuxWorld: August 14-17, 2006, San Francisco

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