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    Is this a "Friendly" Linux Forum?


    Howdy from Crossville, TN. USA. I'm somewhat new to Linux having used Ubuntu 12.04LTS for about two months now after my old iMac running OS X 10.3.9 finally died after an EMP from a near by lighting strike. I've been hanging out on "another" Linux forum but I find the Mods are somewhat, how shall I say it, pushy about what you can post. You even mention NSA or government in a post it gets shut down as being "political" and to tell you the truth most of the time folks totally talk over my head when they're trying to explain to me how to do something or how to solve a problem.
    I'm looking for a friendly place where a person will be more or less free to speak their mind(as long as they're not offensive) and where folks can bring explnations down to my level when they tell me how to do things. I really hope this will be THE place that I'm looking for. Oh well, see ya'll on the forums.

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    Welcome.

    If it is the forum I think your talking about, I went ballistic on the idiot mods a couple months ago, they deleted my account.

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    I'm pretty friendly till I hear,

    @roky It was ignorant of me to expect free help from the type of individuals who choose to use this terrible platform. Your generic advise didn't help and wasn't appreciated.
    Then like any country boy who does not appreciate good manners. You being from Tennessee should understand. I get a bit crotchety.
    But I have not been banned yet. So yeah. These guys here from all over the world are a good bunch. At least I think so.
    Just a hint/suggestion.
    So be polite and informative in your posts and from me,

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    LOL, sounds like I should just hang out here for a while then. I had "issues" with the Mods at the "other" forum when I posted a thread asking about installing(not using but just installing) Back Box Linux and they closed the thread because it seemed to much like a Hacker Thread. My personal goal at age 52 is to go back to school for IT/Computer Security so I'll be using stuff like Back Box, Kali or Back Track to do PenTesting and stuff but they were just too parinoid to even talk about the subject.
    Anyway, Yep, I know all about manners and not intentionally hacking people off so hopefully I'll fit in here well enough.

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    I am just a ignorant tattooed knuckle dragging linux using biker so when it comes to back track, black box, net penetrating tools. You are on your own with me.

    I have no ideas on what specialized gui or cli tools are used with those distros. Never had a interest either. That is not to say other members may have insight
    on how a certain distos tools operate. Good luck with the re-educate thing. One of my friends here on the forum went from security gaurd to IT expert trying
    what you did so it is possible. Just be stubborn and learn as you go.

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    LOL, I had no clue as to how to use the Tools that were with Back Box Linux either so I just reinstalled Ubuntu 12.04LTS to save room on my little 60GB hard drive.
    I went to the local Tech School in '05 for CAD/Detailed Drafting and actually did rather well, 3.8GPA and even made some 4.0's in a couple of the classes so I guess being older makes you appreciate school more. Wish I'd have studied like that back when I was in my late teens/early twenties and going to school, might have done better in the world of work but when you're young all ya' want to do is party and run around.
    I absoulty hate Windows with a passion. I got my fill of it with Windows '98 then after my iMac died we got a Windows 8 laptop from Wally World, within a week it crashed 6 or 7 times then my wife piced up a Trojan horse virus off of Facebook that I couldn't( or maybe it was shouldn't have to) fix and just took it back for a total refund. Glad we had the 15 day return policy.
    Anyway, used that money to get a $125 buck HP NC8230 for me and a $250 Compaq CQ57 for her(way more computer then she'll ever use but she was paying for it so she gets the better one, besides I like the older stuff, I think it's built better) and I installed Ubuntu 12.04LTS on both(32bit for me and 64bit for her) and I'm as happy as a clam. I actually like it better then my OS X on the iMac I had.
    I'm a Linux convert for Life, that's for sure.

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    Welcome to the forums. I used to live about 1/3 further away from Nashville, but in the west side (rather than the west side).

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    Welcome to the forum. We're so friendly even your dog will like us.
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    Generally speaking most linux forums are mostly quite friendly and helpful. Of course there are some that aren't so great, but I consider them few and far between. But it's a LOT better than Mac forums. Those people are monstors. I was moving from windows several years ago and I had interest in Mac and picked up an older Mac Pro desktop and knowning absolutlely NOTHING about Mac I registered at a few independant forums to get some help. Over the next several weeks I was insulted, told I was a dope, and told to "move back to windows" more times than I can recall. That's when I decied to go from occasionally using linux to making it my primary os and I've never looked back. Just write off the previous forum as a bad experience, it's unlikely you'll find another rotton one

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    Quote Originally Posted by TNFrank View Post
    ...I'm looking for a friendly place where a person will be more or less free to speak their mind(as long as they're not offensive) and where folks can bring explnations...
    I'll suggest a few tips from my experience of other forums (not stuff from threads that have gone wrong for me, you understand, but you do, after a while, see some patterns):
    • have a look 'how things are done here'; get used to what is and what isn't successful in getting questions answered
    • most people on fora try to be helpful, but they have probably seen a lot of stuff before, and some things are, to use the local vernacular, regarded as 'taking the p***'
    • in particular 'I couldn't be bothered to read the man page, so you have to do it for me' or 'I couldn't be bothered to fire up a search engine, so go look this up for me' work waaay worse than you might expect ('I did read the man page, but I didn't understand the bit about the dilithium crystals and the turbocharged hellhound' works a whole lot better, because it shows that you have read the man page, and is specific about what you didn't understand)
    • 'I can't use it, so this system is s***' isn't a good opening gambit either


    Basically, it comes down to treating people well, and they'll try to treat you well - they want to help, but, practically, there are limits, and you have to show some willingness to help yourself, too.

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