[lug] The changing Linux Community was Re: cp and rm

D. Stimits stimits at idcomm.com
Thu Aug 2 16:39:52 MDT 2001

"J. Wayde Allen" wrote:
> On Thu, 2 Aug 2001, D. Stimits wrote:
> > One of my own perspectives comes from business school, where one of the
> > interesting lessons in history was about a guy that got rejected by all
> > the American businesses for his ideas. He went to Japan, and taught them
> > that "quality is free".
> Yes, I believe that you are refering to Dr. Deming
> <http://www.well.com/user/vamead/demingdist.html>.
> > Getting people to complain politely would be a better solution than
> > asking those who know little about the subject to not complain.
> Hmmm ... I hope I'm not sounding like I'm asking people to not
> complain.  That was not my point - quite the contrary!  I thought the
> original thread was fairly exemplary.  Someone found what was considered
> to be a bug, and the group analyzed it - cool!
> No, I'd MUCH rather people pointed out the flaws.  Simply doing so means
> participating in the development process.  The new users have a grand role
> to play in that they are in the best position to point out where the
> emperors clothes are missing or just don't quite fit right.

I realized already what you say above, I guess I was saying that there
is a very good "silver lining" though, even when someone completely
ignorant has the bad attitude that if they buy something off the shelf,
they are owed everything, referring to linux from CompUSA or wherever.
The idea that we are being pushed into an age that part of the linux
users no longer follow the *best* scheme of participating and
contributing, is still correct. My silver lining comment is that by
seeing how things work or do not work for users that do not want to
learn anything or contribute anything, they are still contributing by
commenting on what they think sucks.

D. Stimits, stimits at idcomm.com

> - Wayde
>   (wallen at lug.boulder.co.us)
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