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|Originally Published: Thursday, 3 August 2000||Author: Mark Stone|
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Welcome to Live!
People; that's what it all comes down to. Computers are complex appliances, and even the most intuitive interface cannot anticipate all users or all circumstances. Despite the efforts of Apple and Microsoft, no system is completely self-evident. We all need a live person to help us out now and then.
People are the real ease of use advantage of Linux. We all learned this way: tentatively asking newbie questions on Usenet; bringing our motley collection of hardware to LUG Installfests; hunting down mailing lists focused on Linux. Gradually the people that make up the Linux community brought us along, and now we turn to others to lend a helping hand. Windows users have nothing like this support group. Even Mac aficianados most frequently say that the Mac community "used to be like this."
In recent years no mode of communication has been as important to Linux beginners as Internet Relay Chat. IRC is immediate, and puts you in touch with a world-wide base of expertise.
The volunteers and staff of Linux.com have always known that Linux.com is based on a vibrant forum of IRC discussion. It's how we get our work done, and where we turn for help. In fact, anyone can drop by #linux.com and see the site team at work, or drop by #lcft and see the staff in more relaxed moments, or drop by #linuxhelp to get answers to their questions.
All too often a web site can actually get in the way of the connection between site team and audience. Web pages are at best a snapshot, a static picture of our accumulated knowledge. But the real advantage of the Linux community in general and Linux.com as well is the live interaction with the people behind the scene.
So at Linux.com we're launching a new program, starting at LinuxWorld Expo in August. We're bringing you Linux.com Live! This will be a regular series of scheduled events, based on IRC, aimed to help the beginner master the Linux topics you need to know.
Want to know how to install Linux? How to configure X? How to customize your window manager? How to set up a home network? These are just a few of the topics we'll be presenting in upcoming Linux.com Live! events. Sometimes reading the manual isn't enough. Sometimes you need to be able to ask questions, talk to a live person. So fire up your favorite IRC client, and join us on #linux.com-live!
We begin the fall program for Linux.com Live! with a vintage Linux event, the Installfest. We'll have two machines present at LinuxWorld. Attendees of the show will install Linux on these machines themselves, with guidance from our expert staff based on IRC. If you're online, drop by the channel. And if you're at the show, come by the booth. You may learn a thing or two about Linux you've always wanted to know. You may even walk away with your own Linux machine. We'll be raffling off these two machines at LinuxWorld.
We hope you'll also join us for upcoming events. And if you're a LUG group organizing your own Installfest or other events, let us know. Let us put the power of Linux.com Live! behind your event.