[svlug] Linux desktop article; Also, postings on this list
greenglow484 at juno.com
Wed May 31 14:43:29 PDT 2000
Hello all --
(1.) I will highlight, and of course I recognize, that I live nowhere
near Silicon Valley, let alone Calif.; I have "lurked" on this list for
about 6 months, and I've learned from, and enjoyed, it. I have posted a
total of about 5 times -- several times, as to Linux GUI desktop matters.
(A result: I failed to post about an article I wrote, which was
published in the 16,000-lawyer circulation "Texas Lawyer" newspaper,
titled "Linux: Its Not Microsoft -- New Systems and Software Offer
Choices for Lawyers Seeking Reliable, Low-Cost Computing". If anyone's
interested, it's at either of [same article at both places] ) :
The other time was that recent article re M$ Windows 2000 Pro & Server
domination; I thought that was an overall important, interesting article
on software and OS'es in the future, generally -- in other words, M$
relationship to Linux, other OS'es/ software, etc.
In other words, I have tried not to "wear out my welcome". I do kind of
feel like I'm a guest, and I have tried not to abuse it (in other words,
it's sort of like: It's "your" list, not "mine".)
(2.) Here's my 2 cents:
It seems to me like, the last few months, there are a lot more off-topic
posts: Recent examples:
--a lengthy hardware/ motherboard discussion, in the last week; I don't
even remember exactly what it was all about
--standards for IEEE or other certification, a lengthy discussion a month
or so ago
--homosexual and/ or black sensitivity/ awareness issues.
Usually, some posts on this list contain a plethora of caps., accenting,
asterisks, other punctuation or other stuff, apparently for dramatic
effect. To me, it's tedious to read that stuff. Fortunately, the mail
reader I use for commercial/ public listservs including this one, has a
"sort by sender" function; I have been using that function more
frequently on this SVLUG list, in the last few months.
Today, there is an elaborate, intricate proposal on this list for mail
headers -- replies, new points, arguments, whatever.
My ideas: (A.) Leave the list headers/ organization as it is. To me,
the proposed new stuff just gets in the way. If I want that kind of
stuff, I'll read (and I do) SlashDot.
(B.) Quit posting off-topic stuff. If I want to read that stuff (which
I don't), I won't look for it on a Linux list; I would (but I won't) look
for it on hardware, IEEE, and/ or other lists.
Douglas D. Darnold Principal/ Attorney
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