Forums Have Matured

One of the reasons I invested more time in this blog years ago was that GNU/Linux was unwelcome on several prominent public forums. I thought to get an update…

In craigslist people actually suggest installing GNU/Linux to fix things in the computer forum. No longer are they shooed away to the Linux forum. Well, there are some rude people but they don’t seem to get their way. It’s seems GNU/Linux is much more accepted than five years ago.

In Kijiji, the forums are gone except for the URI which leads to nothing but ads and links to social media where nothing like the computer forum exists.

I guess the on-line forums are maturing or the trolls/astroturfers have died or are no longer paid. Certainly GNU/Linux is getting increasing mind-share.

About Robert Pogson

I am a retired teacher in Canada. I taught in the subject areas where I have worked for almost forty years: maths, physics, chemistry and computers. I love hunting, fishing, picking berries and mushrooms, too.
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5 Responses to Forums Have Matured

  1. Mats Hagglund says:

    Life cycle of pc is now longer which have given better chance to avoid Windows and try Linux. Then hardware support for Linux desktop has become much better. Near in future we will have also easier job to install Linux to ChromeBook (usb)+ there are special portable machines for Linux preinstalled. Folks know Linux now better than in 2008.

  2. ram says:

    One would think with Linux completely dominating computer sales (with at least 80 percent of new device sales) there would not be any problem at all. Unfortunately there is, but I just avoid those sites. Matter of fact, I’m about to impose a GeoBlocking filter on my local machines that cuts out North America entirely. Too many ads, too much bovine excrement!

  3. oldfart says:

    “After support 40 people and getting a bunch of thank you’s and kudos, I was swiftly banned. Go figure. It seems that anything outside of Comcast “party line” is verboten.

    So exactly where are your contributions Dougie? All this gives is a general pointer to a page.

  4. Modular sunfish says:

    Some of the improvement can probably be traced to M$ reduction of marketing. I read that they’ve cut back quite a bit and that which is left is managed by the various departments on their own. So as M$ spending in marketing goes down, so does much of the astroturfing and trolling. There will always be some dirtbags around while that other OS is around, they part chumps with their money to ‘clean’ systems and repeatedly reinstall as it accumulates malware and cruft. But even they will move on and find more honorable work as that other OS declines. One thing that has not declined is the prodigious number of version n+1 spam articles, in this case ones for Vista10. Through those it is clear that much of the mainstream media is carrying water for Bill.

  5. dougman says:

    I remember posting solutions and offering Linux feely, as a way to give back to society. The admins on the Comcast forums are truly sad lot: http://forums.comcast.com/t5/Security-and-Anti-Virus/bd-p/13

    After support 40 people and getting a bunch of thank you’s and kudos, I was swiftly banned. Go figure. It seems that anything outside of Comcast “party line” is verboten.

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