[sf-lug] [LINUX USER QUESTIONAIRE] Kinds of Linux user

jim jim at well.com
Wed Jul 29 18:12:57 PDT 2009

[top posting: kinds of linux user] 
   as with any group, individuals are properly 
aligned as a gradient, probably as data points 
on a multi-dimensional matrix. classifications 
are to some degree arbitrary. for any dimension, 
take the ten percent at the end points and find 
the mid-point, then try to assign a meaning. 
trick is to determine the dimensions and how to 
   command line skills, understanding kernel 
internals, modules, networking, file systems, 
use of GUI shells ("desktops"), use of application 
programs, the list could go on. it's important 
to acknowledge the existence of linux underlying 
devices that users generally don't know or care 
depend on linux as their internals. 
   your intent is probably with respect to using 
linux on computers for individual work or for data 
center work, pretty different camps. 
   measurability might include how often a person 
asks for help as well as how often a person can 
help others. consider asking users how comfortable 
they feel: not at all, only a little, fairly much, 
completely. consider getting figures on who uses 
linux at all: a little, somewhat, a lot, all the 
   for me, the question as to skill level is not 
worthwhile: one person can be masterful in some 
areas and not others, and feel more masterful or 
less so than others may judge. 
   an important question is growth: is the 
percentage of people who use linux at least a 
little bit growing, and if so at what rate? 
   another important question is application use: 
how many are using linux for what kinds of 
applications, and what's the growth.... 

On Wed, 2009-07-29 at 09:38 -0700, Edward Janne wrote:
> Thanks, Jim.
> On Jul 29, 2009, at 8:50 AM, jim wrote:
> >   your questions are not disruptive in my
> > mind. i like that people are interacting
> > over your questions--it's interesting to
> > see the variety. my take is that it will be
> > better to have the questions one at a time
> > (in separate emails), so that each discussion
> > can be tracked separately.
> > jim
> So in the absence of any negative response I shall continue.
> -edj
> Question 3: Are there different kinds or levels of Linux user? How  
> would you describe them?
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