Open source bullies hurt the Linux cause

In today's open source roundup: Linux newbies sometimes get smacked around by open source bullies. Plus: Ubuntu 14.10 beta 2 screenshot tour, and how to use the Unity Dash

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Sometimes people can be downright rude and nasty, for little or no reason. In the world of open source this kind of behavior can have the unfortunate effect of driving away new Linux users who are attacked in online forums for asking basic questions. Foss Force has some examples of open source bullies.

According to Foss Force:

Absolute creeps like those mentioned above have probably done more damage than most anything else I can think of when it comes to keeping new Linux users on track. Hey…you want to play around and have fun at someone else’s expense, that’s fine. Just go find someone else who is as big of a moron as you. Hopefully, the two of you will stay occupied enough to keep you from causing trouble elsewhere.

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I really hate it when some Linux users behave badly toward folks that are new to open source. It has the potential to drive them away from Linux, and that's never a good thing. I wish that some of these abusive bullies would pause and think about the possible consequences before they hurl a load of vicious invective at a Linux newbie that needs help.

If you are new to Linux and you run into a jerk, please don't let him or her bother you. There are plenty of other folks who will try to assist you without mocking or belittling you. We were all new to Linux and open source at one point, and we all learned our way around little by little and day by day.

Ubuntu 14.10 beta 2 screenshot tour

Linux Screenshots has a screenshot tour of Ubuntu 14.10 beta 2.

According to Linux Screenshots:

The Ubuntu team is pleased to announce the final beta release of Ubuntu 14.10 Desktop, Server, Cloud, and Core products. This beta release includes images from not only the Ubuntu Desktop, Server, Cloud, and Core products, but also the Kubuntu, Lubuntu, Ubuntu GNOME, Ubuntu Kylin, Ubuntu Studio and Xubuntu flavours. Utopic final beta includes updated versions of most of our core set of packages, including a current 3.16.2 Linux kernel, AppArmor improvements, and many more.

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Ubuntu 14.10 screenshot tour
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