Take this with a grain of salt, whomever you are if you read this.
For the record, NO, I am not offended by the posts regarding 'newbs,' 'noob's,' or whatever. Yes, I consider myself a newb. Anyone on the irc channel knows that. I have given myself the role "constant newb" to keep the old timers on their toes. As I've stated elsewhere, I think that some of the folks who've 'been around a while' reallly do not have a clue what it's like to be a run of the mill newb. Those who excell at things Linux quickly lose the newb feeling and become old hat at scripting and remastering, etc. What I think is missing are those that don't warm up to this Linux thing as quickly as the old timers do/did.
I am what one might consider a 'slow' linux newb. I don't catch on as quick as some, don't read what I should, and am kinda lazy. However, I like what I'm doing with linux and DSL in particular. If not for DSL I would not know the miniscule things about linux that I know.
What I do know is this: I've kicked 'ole McGates to the curb in favor of DSL on six PC's that I have influence over. Two laptops and the others are a hodge podge of parts that I've put together.
It works for me. I don't need to know the intimate workings of how EVERYTHING is done quite yet. I hope to become much more knowledgeable in the future. But I take my time. I'm not rushing it. I am having fun the way I am doing it.
Don't take this wrong way 'old timers' but for some of us, knowing everything as quickly as possible is not really a concern.
I live linux the way I live my life. One day at a time. I do what needs to be done today. Everything else is icing on the cake. If I get ALSA doing what I want it to do today. Great! If not, it'll come one way or the other. If nvidia.dsl is doing what I want it to do... schweet. If not, I'll get around to working on on it. If I don't, will it hurt you? It won't hurt me.
I am so very appreciative of the efforts of the 'old timers.' Without them, I would not be enjoying the DSL that I know today.
I started with DSL 0.8.2 and feel like I am about ready to 'get into it.' Don't be mislead. My 'get into it' is probably much different than your 'get into it.' I'll poke around with DSL/Linux with the time I have available between Google searches for cool gadgets and UFC results so long as it's productive. If not, I'm looking into something else at NewEgg or Cisco.com.
Again, don't misunderstand me. Linux is in my world to stay, if for no other reason that I don't like M$ for the various and sundry reasons familiar to most of us. But at the same time, don't push me. I'll do it in my own time. I don't NEED a PC anyway, but as long as I make the choice to have one or six and download gnu-utils.dsl and the B-52's Love Shack at the same time, you are going to have to deal with it because I am going to be in your face as "The rudest Newb" as long as I'm interested in so doing.