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[opensuse] Philosophical question: Why 'social' side of life and Linux is necessary.
On 16/06/18 01:17 AM, Rodney Baker wrote:
One more reason why I've stayed with openSuSe so long - this mailing list and
the users here that have been so willing to share knowledge and provide
support and advice over the years.

I too, was originality a mandrake User.
I left after they became "too corporate".
if I leave openSuse it will be because of that and because the above gets
terminated and replaced with a mailing list version of StackExchange.com.
The real value of this list isn't in some sort of Q&A problem solution database,
but in the social binding of a community.
Even at the lowest the level the "me too" replies tell you that you are not
alone, that you are not just another customer statistic, they it's more likely
that there is a real problem than you being and idiotic outlier.

The original 'hobbyist hackers' producing and exchanging free software, the
learning and all that was there to differentiate from the formality of the
corporate way of doing things, even for those of us who had the daytime jobs
doing it the corporate way. if we lose that side of things to corporate
principles and rigidity, then for many of us it becomes a "why bother", or
perhaps we go elsewhere to try and recapture that 'hobby' side.
This is not to decry the necessity of the corporate side of things, just saying
that they should not dictate *all* of your life. There's been enough SF
written on that themes from "The Machine Stops" to "1984" and much else.
But they are all characterised by the 'corporate' not recognising the need for
the 'social'.


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A: Yes.
> Q: Are you sure?
>> A: Because it reverses the logical flow of conversation.
>>> Q: Why is top posting frowned upon?


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