Robert P. J. Day
rpjday at mindspring.com
Sun Dec 5 13:13:42 UTC 2004
On Sun, 5 Dec 2004, John Summerfield wrote:
> On Sunday 05 December 2004 12:39, Timothy Payne wrote:
> > And who put Mr. Day in charge?
> I think you're being a little harsh. His advice to get a book on the
> subject is sound and precisely what I did: I bought a book with CD
> (Slackware, before RHL was visible in the shops).
ok, let me try to bring this to a close. please. so we can all go
back to arguing about top versus bottom posting. :-P
my beef *wasn't* with a newbie asking questions, ok? it was more
specifically with someone who:
1) had clearly *just* installed linux for the first time,
2) had, by his own admission, spent all of two hours with it, and
3) joined the fedora list and posted, asking a basic question with no
subject field, spelling a directory name incorrectly and apparently
trying to do some administration (installing software) while
apparently not understanding the notion of the root account and root
versus non-root power.
this has nothing to do with being a newbie. this has to do with
investing at least a *minimal* amount of time to familiarize yourself
with a *very* powerful and sophisticated operating system that, if you
don't understand at least a few critical concepts, will turn around
and bite you in the butt really hard. and all that before asking the
FC community to start solving your problems for you.
was i being rude? probably. but i was in a bit of a snarky mood,
having just upgraded (very carefully, backing up all the critical user
data first) a system from FC1 to FC3, only to learn afterwards that
the previous admin had, via symlinks, installed the main project's web
pages in /usr/tmp, for gawd's sake. grrrrrr ...
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