Good morning everyone.
I am making this thread in an attempt to resurrect the Linux section into something more than a glorified help desk or pump and dump for generic Linux questions. I have received some suggestions by members that are no longer interested, but at one point were, in this section and have made it my mission to remedy it.
Aside from a culture shift in some of us, I think what’s needed is a fresh range of topics and threads to get people going. Some ideas and suggestions (in no particular order):
- Applicable Linux
- Current Projects
- Knowledge Base
Many of these have similarities to each other, but vary enough that anyone interested in one particular topic over another won’t be deterred from making a thread.
I’m not doing a poll because of two reasons, abuse and minimal effort. Alt/Non-accounts can vote and it requires no further input. I want this to be a mega brainstorm session to get this session going and rather than 100s of “Ubuntu won’t get past GRUB” we can have a sticky for that. The goal is not discourage posts but to actively change the quality of posts.
This can be reserved for DoItYourself projects that specifically require a Linux operating system. Raspberry Pi, building a pipeline, standing up a mail server (to deGoogle yo’self), etc.
Similar to the DIY, this is more of a meta discussion or thought process of why you would use Linux. This isn’t for world domination or mass adoption, but for self hosting, home automation, learning to be a better programmer/sysadmin, taking on computing as a hobby. Whereas DIY is the how, this would be more of the why.
Show off the goods. What are you working on? Again, this would be a project, class, or task specifically requiring Linux. Pictures, specs, source code, screenshots, whatever you feel like sharing. Mandatory Fun, if you will. CoMmUnItY eNgAgEmEnT.
In an attempt to curtail the overwhelming (sometimes) help desk threads, we could start our own wiki in the Linux section going over common troubleshooting, networking, and system configuration. This is not an attempt to become StackOverflow, ask questions and seek guidance. This is not going to result in Help Desk threads getting closed immediately. This is not going to result in spamming links to Linux wikis (I hope). Rather, this will be a home for people experiencing standardized/common Linux issues that they can get resolved without creating an account/making a post and forgetting to check/etc.
These are just some ideas. Add more, critique and criticize, add and remove, do what you do.
What I am NOT looking for:
- Turning everything into a Windows versus Linux discussion.
- Turning everything into a distro X versus distro Y
- Ruining the discussion because you don’t like NVidia/AMD
The first one shouldn’t need any explanation, but here it goes: You’re in the Linux section, stop talking about Windows. Linux has enough merit to stand on its own without putting down other operating systems.
Second, distros don’t matter. Plenty of books exist that are distro agnostic and work perfectly well. Linus Torvalds uses Ubuntu, so can you. Richard Stallman uses Gentoo, so can you. Everything else in between is acceptable as well. I will go full Medieval Admin Abuse on you and /dev/null/delete/edit posts if this gets out of control. If you have a question specific to Ubuntu, ask away, but these topics are able to remain distro agnostic.
Last, hardware doesn’t matter. Who cares? Use what you like, don’t judge others for their decisions. AMD is great and Nvidia is great. Intel is okay.
Alright, enough of this. Let me know what you think, let each other know what you think, and together we can Make the Linux Section Great Again.