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A newbie's contribution?
Sorry that I mingle, but some of the comments just have been a bit too
The question is, can a newbie make a valuable contribution or will he
annoy the whole OpenBSD community by asking a maybe stupid or foolish
question (even with previously digging through Howto's, Faq's, Google
and man). Well, I say he (she) can. Maybe not by writing code or
supplying a new section to a Faq, but just by being enthusiastic about a
new operating system he (she) found easy to install, easy to use and
easy to maintain and sharing his (her) enthusiasm. As an example, see
Even though some members of the OpenBSD community see themselves
uninterested in global recognition and annoyed by clueless newbies who
shatter their zen-like tranquility I would still give these people a
forum to air their genuine concerns and where they can ask questions
without being flamed to death and reverting back to Wintel.
I was devastated after three weeks of not getting my ADSL USB modem to
work (after reading and re-reading the faq, mailinglist archives and
howto's), so I got hold of the chap who wrote the driver for OpenBSD on
IRC and after 5 minutes and some friendly banter he solved the issue for
me, and I am now the proud owner of a fully functional and connected
openBSD box, thanks to him. Now that I am a tiny bit wiser I will try to
help people on that mailinglist with simialr concerns.
So, what's so bad about that?
Always remember, a OpenBSD newbie might be a complete looser when it
comes to writing code, but he might just have something else to
---PRESS ANY KEY TO CONTINUE---
"Now, where's the 'any' key?"