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Having just looked at this link, your computer has now been installed with Gentoo
Another reason to switch to Linux - Linus doesn't care about your politically correct sensibilities.
I think I'm going to have to assume that the person in the mailing list who was insulted really worked to earn that insult by being especially stupid. I also think they just brought that question up so they could use some sort of appeal to authority to slap back at the person who insulted them.
If I could ask a question there, I'd ask this:
Over the last twenty to twenty-five years, computers have gotten much easier to use. They seem to be targeting the lowest common denominator, people who don't even have the first clue how electronics work, let alone how computers work. I thought I was pretty ignorant in this, since I have an extremely weak grasp on scripts, coding, and can only tinker with some of the surface elements of them. Unfortunately, there seem to be a great majority of people who don't even understand what a gui is, let alone the the most general mechanics of how a program works.
What do you think is an appropriate level of knowledge for an average computer user? How much should someone understand what they're doing? If people are supposed to understand the basics of how an internal combustion engine works and a few of the other parts of their car before they drive, then does it make sense to expect that someone has a basic high school level grasp on how computers work before using them?
This question affects everything in a computer that an end user would experience. Everything from computer security, if someone doesn't understand that multiple user accounts need different names and passwords to differentiate them, to what buttons and functions are available in a program, and which of those functions gets the most dev time. Too many stupid people will deprive the smart people of the ability to learn and act if the ratio of stupid to smart tips too far.
Like with a car, it depends how much you use it. If you use it a fair amount, then it's worth knowing whats going on. Average computer user's knowledge should be average. If you're using it daily, then it's pretty shit to be reliant on someone else to fix problems for you.
Brings back to the topic of the thread tho, Linux is built so that you can (and are encouraged to) do much more tinkering and learning, whereas windows is aimed exclusively at the noob crowd with some bloated freeware applications glued on for anyone else. It hides all the background stuff, and even legally bans you from tinkering with it outside of what they intended. There's very little for anyone above average to do.
I never did a single bit of tinkering when I was on windows outside of setting the wallpaper, and so I never learned anything; whereas with Linux I learn something new on the daily. Almost a decade of using windows and I still don't know the name of a single system call or win api function (besides RtlWriteDecodedUcsDataIntoSmartLBlobUcsWritingContext and AccessCheckByTypeResultListAndAuditAlarmByHandleA).