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Old 10-09-2017, 05:51 PM   #39
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A few years back I was at a guitar festival. I was sitting listening at the outer edge of a song circle full of people who played much better than I did. When I say "much better" I don't mean a subjective "which is better, Mac or PC" I mean I was just learning to play, and they were gigging musicians.
One of the players prompted me to play a song when it got around to me.
I demurred, saying I couldn't even play and sing at the same time.
He said "That's OK, when you're singing, just strum the chords, and save the fancy stuff for the breaks."
He clearly did not understand that we were on totally different planets.
Strumming chords WAS my fancy stuff! Strumming while singing was the fanciest stuff I could imagine aspiring to!

I think many people who know Linux may have this same kind of disconnect with people who don't.

By the way, I "know" Windows (and I knew DOS, at least I've forgotten an awful lot of DOS) but I consider myself at a level of Linux knowledge akin to where I was with guitar at that festival. I know JUST enough to understand how hard it is to learn. I wonder if some of you guys have forgotten, and yet I also wonder if I'm assuming too much.

Forgetting GUI desktop stuff for the time being (cuz, c'mon, if we're participating on this forum, we can assume we all can handle that) I sometimes have to "use" Linux at work. I connect to shells, run scripts, copy files, check running processes, edit a prescribed app setting file here and there. That's about it. Is THAT knowing Linux? Is that using it? When am I power user? Are we assuming the OP would be satisfied to hack his reader just by following other people's explicit instructions without understanding, just being a keyboard monkey?

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