Talking about Linux online: There are, in fact, stupid questions

What to expect when you're expecting help from the Linux community.

By Jon Gold, Network World |  Software, Linux

It's more or less inevitable that, at some point, someone will get unreasonably snippy with you when talking about Linux. Whether it's a disagreement about btrfs or you just admitted there was something about Windows that you liked, you'll run up against the polarized, polemic side of the Linux community eventually.

Glossing over the standard disclaimers that "it's the Internet, people are just going to be rude, etc. etc.," I urge you to be understanding -- open source and free software are concepts that still get wrongly treated like irrelevant curiosities by the rest of the tech world at times, and some people have a little bit of a chip on their shoulder because of it. Just take it with a grain of salt.

Email Jon Gold at jgold@nww.com and follow him on Twitter at @NWWJonGold.

Read more about software in Network World's Software section.


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