Filtering out newbies
Justin R. Knierim
lfs at lfs-matrix.net
Mon Mar 20 13:21:08 PST 2006
> brings a lot of new users to #lfs-support, but that's why it's there -
> for "support." Books usually have a large following and ours seems to
> get smaller when new people are not welcomed into the community.
Yes, "support" is what lfs-support provides, but for LFS. This is Linux
From Scratch, not Linux 101. The book states one should have "at least
this basic level of skill". I tried doing LFS 3.0 many years ago before
I even knew a basic level. It was hard and I failed. I didn't go to
the lists expecting hand holding, I took a class at school, I read a few
books, and it has helped immensely. Learning how to do something is
better than learning to "type that one command that guy on lfs-suppor
told you to type". The LFS book has a prerequisite boot list. If the
users can't read those and learn, why should we duplicate the effort
doing the teaching here?
I consider this similar to college classes. If you are trying to learn
french or whatever language, you can't skip to the level 2 class and
expect everyone to help you catch up. Linux isn't the easiest thing to
learn, it is difficult like a language, and people without the
experience should start elsewhere first. IMO.
> What happened to common courtesy and consideration? It's expected in
> #lfs-support so why not all over the project?
I haven't seen anything rude or inconsiderate in a long time, so I can't
comment on this.
Just my opinion.
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