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Linux Guru Exchange

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| My thought on this is simple: Create an evironment where those who would 
| consider themselves of guru-level, could post themselves as available for 
| those in need. A guru would then be taken by a new user and marked as “busy.” 
| It’s a simple exchange. But here’s what has always been the catch - cost. The 
| Linux guru idea has always been such that a guru helps a new user because, at 
| one point, a guru helped them. It’s karmic payback, paying it forward - 
| whatever you want to call it.      


What can Linux do for you?

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| As the Linux name has been filtering down from the dizzying heights of 
| geekdom to the general mind share. I am sure that many people have been 
| wondering exactly what this Linux thing is and what can it do for them.  
| This is a question that many have been asking and the answers are many and 
| varied. Some answers are simple but unsatisfying like "What ever you want it 
| to do" and some are confusing to those who are not of a technical bent.   
| [...]
| The easiest way to give Linux a go is with a Live CD. This in no way, shape 
| or for will effect your exiting operating systems installation. Unless you 
| wish to. It is just a simple matter of putting the CD in your computer and 
| turning it on. You then have access to a complete Linux system running on 
| your hardware from your CDROM drive. In this manner you can evaluate that 
| Linux distribution and determine whether it is suitable for both your tastes 
| and hardware.       



Don’t confuse bad Linux support for bad Linux

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| Anti-Linux evangelists try to level many claims against the free open source
| operating system Linux. Arguments against the base cost (nothing!) or about
| the turnaround time to repair security exploits don’t work. But there is one
| item in the anti-Linux arsenal which often hits hard: lack of support. Here's
| why it makes good Linux techies groan when they see it.



A Perception of Lack of Support for Open Source Should Not Stop Adoption of

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| People seem hesitant to accept open source because “there is no company
| behind it” like Microsoft. First of all, from an OS standpoint, support of
| Linux distros by the companies that publish them has come a long way in the
| past few years. Companies like Canonical (the distributor of Ubuntu Linux),
| Novell (SuSE Linux), and Red Hat offer support programs that can assist you
| with your problem, although these programs vary in pricing and how they are
| conducted. The point is, however, that despite the fact that the OS is
| developed, maintained, and improved by an amorphous body of programmers (the  
| open source community), there are real companies behind the distros that will
| be there if you have a question or problem.        


Microsoft's Genuine Advantage

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| A lot of managers are afraid to use Open Source Software, because it
| doesn't come with any support. Of course that isn't true. It is a classical
| piece of FUD. And then again, how much is support worth?
| [...]
| MS:   Microsoft Support. Good morning, sir. Can I help you.
| IC:   Windows displays some strange message on my screen.
| MS:   What's the message, sir.
| IC:   ReadStringFromInf: UpdSpGetLineText failed: 0xe0000102; Microsoft
| Windows is Not Present
| MS:   May I have your product key, sir.
| IC:   [gives completely valid product key]
| MS:   Ok, sir. Can you please reboot your PC?
| IC:   Will that solve the problem?
| MS:   Please reboot your PC, sir.
| IC:   Ok, ok, wait a minute.
| MS:   Please call us again if you eXPerience any more problems. Have a
| nice day, sir. [click]


I work for MS but even I struggle to get a hot-fix

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| The problem took 260 minutes to resolve from start to
| finish and an estimated 90 minutes of Ledgard's time,
| not including the time it took to write-up his problems...
| Still, the frustrations experienced by Ledgard give
| a salutary lesson that Microsoft's online product
| support is mediocre, at best, and will surely strike
| a chord with many long-suffering sys admins.


The top Linux support weaknesses, then and now

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| In 2003, SearchEnterpriseLinux.com visited the Linux support landscape 
| with a list of Linux support weaknesses. A lot has happened over the 
| past four years, as is evident in the success of Red Hat and 
| Novell's subscription-based support models and the meteoric 
| rise of commercial-grade Ubuntu support, to name a few.


Microsoft Y2K bug circa 1998?

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| On January 8th of this week my parents received a phone call which they 
| dodged because the call was coming through at 11:00 p.m. at night. 
| The next day they retrieved the voicemail message which was from Microsoft 
| technical support calling me back to see if my problem has been resolved. 
| [...]
| I remember in the past year or so when I called Microsoft and the problem was 
| not resolved (BSOD after Microsoft patch) that Microsoft did call me back the 
| next day to see if i made any progress in my little computer crises (which I 
| though was super cool of them... I was really impressed)...   
| but wait a second .... or wait 315,569,260 seconds ....
| Microsoft hadn't done this (call me back that is) the first time I called ... 
| and I called many years ago.... but that must have been when I was living at 
| home with my parents..... which is why they called me at my parents phone 
| number.   


Top 10 reasons why Microsoft's Xbox 360 Customer Service is "teh br0ken".

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| So there you have it Microsoft, the Top 10 reasons your support
| system is "teh br0ken", from my admittedly short experience with
| it. When I'd assumed a company of your size would set the standard
| for customer service, I didn't mean the standard by which to do
| better than...
| I realize it's probably no great revelation that their customer
| service sucks, but come on, why can't they fix this? Can they
| only fix simple things? That makes them useless for people with
| "real" problems.


Another Xbox Support Nightmare 

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| We seem to be receiving an increasing number of horror stories from
| Xbox 360 owners who have had to call Microsoft's Bangalore-based
| tech support call center. When your reason for calling is a
| bricked console, one would think it would be a painless and
| quick procedure to get the thing replaced or repaired.
| Apparently not the case, according to Brent from Consumerist.com


Xbox 360s Still Dying, Customer Service Still Crap

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| "They'll handle everything, they're great. They'll even pay for shipping
| and Fed-Ex it for you. That's what they did for my systems (yes, plural)
| when they died."


Which is better for technical support

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| I have found in general that with open source support you often get
| more than what you pay for but with closed source support, by some of
| the biggest names in software, the support is often lacking in the
| value department. With open source asking for support has generally
| resulted in a solution within a week and I have never paid for it.
| However with closed source companies I have open tickets that have
| not been resolved in months. With open source I can communicate
| directly with the author(s) of the program and work closely with
| them to find a solution. Closed source on the other hand has just
| requested information, verified the bug and then informed us that
| the solution may be available in the next release of the program. 


A practical guide to Ubuntu Linux

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| Putting off that New Year's resolution to get started on Linux? Here's a 
| combination of book and distribution that will lay a strong foundation for 
| Linux projects  


The top Linux support weaknesses, then and now

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| In 2003, SearchEnterpriseLinux.com visited the Linux support landscape
| with a list of Linux support weaknesses. A lot has happened over the
| past four years, as is evident in the success of Red Hat and
| Novell's subscription-based support models and the meteoric
| rise of commercial-grade Ubuntu support, to name a few.


Linux Graphics, a Tale of Three Drivers

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| Obviously, if the Linux desktop suddenly took off tomorrow Intel would be
| perfectly poised to capitalise on its successful open source strategy, slap
| a "Designed for Linux" sticker on all its desktops and laptops and wait for
| the profits to come rolling in.
| However, the current trend is for the future to go smart and mobile, with
| Linux becoming a strongly competitive choice in the mobile market primarily
| because of it's commodity support and speed of innovation. The most commonly
| touted feature of the new generation of mobile devices is graphics and
| multi-media, so anyone with a graphics device strategy that supports Linux
| seamlessly and can innovate down to the low power hand held devices is nicely
| positioned to capitalise on an emerging market.

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