[clug] Why do we do what we do in Linux? [was Re: Text editor]

Bryan Kilgallin bryan at netspeed.com.au
Mon Oct 27 06:40:07 MDT 2014

Hi Steve:

>> So what readable, humorous on-line cartoon-book can you recommend? :-[
> You’re right, there are none, apart from xkcd.

The effort in teaching, is explicating the concepts!

> Unix/Linux is a ‘sharp tool’, it doesn’t have training wheels or safety guards.

My father taught me safety using woodworking blades.

> The tools were developed by professionals, for professionals to expedite their work.

I was told by a TAFE teacher, that an expert crane-driver made a lousy 
teacher of crane-driving!

> You’re expected to know how to use the tools and how to handle them.

Since converting to Ubuntu a year and a half ago, I've been "learning on 
the job"!

> I spent time and money doing tutorials and attending lectures, then learnt to read the Manual, Docs and when needed “Use The Source, Luke!”.

As a retired person, I have time, but not money!

> Unix/Linux does not lend itself to “trained monkey” or paint-by-numbers style teaching.

I want to know what to look at next, when learning on my personal projects.

> It’s a tool kit that you learn, and you need problems to apply it towards to learn.

Communicating with my Linux phone, is my current project.


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