So, Judith Lewis has been "slashdotted." As a system administrator, what can I say -- I feel her pain. She has run across the digital zealot, a strange beast that comes from (usually) a few strong opinions summarizing all he or she knows on a given issue. And when you couple those strong opinions with poor manners, you get flamed. I recommend Ms. Lewis relax and give them their head; they'll grow out of it.
And please, she shouldn't characterize this as a Linux issue. It's a life issue. She can find zealotry anywhere. I bet she could post a strongly worded opinion in a newsgroup about wart removal and get flamed. And zealotry isn't all bad, either: Linux and the Macintosh wouldn't be here at all without it.
Just remember, opinions are like, ahem . . . rear ends. Everyone has one, and it usually stinks. I hope Judith Lewis will keep working on finding that most elusive thing in our American society today, the whole truth, because we certainly have no shortage of opinion.
--Jeff LewisMarlton, New Jersey
My experience with /. has been that all they want to do is argue or pat themselves on the back, and attack anyone who even hints that Linux is not the all-perfect OS.
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