Short bio: Computer Scientist, FOSS supporter (read more)
Tux Machines (TM)-specific
We have all been there. Our first attempt at Linux. I would like to create a short hitchhiker’s guide to Linux for the newbies and converts, so they will know what awaits them if they ever stumble upon the yellow geek road.
Someone whispers THE word
If you heard the word Linux, your curiosity will perk up. What might it be, you may ask? Or your friend may ask? Or someone will? So how do you explain it? GNU slash Linux is … Buzzer. Wrong! No one cares about terminology.
Analogies and real-life examples might work. Walk into your computer-dedicated room and point at your router. See that thing, tell them. That’s Linux. Modem? Linux. TV? Linux. Keep going. Then, grab your smartphone, and if it’s not Android, put it away. Find one that is, then tell them, Linux, even if you might disbelieve it yourself, deep down, in the black pits of ideology.