A Funny Thing Happened On the Way to the Linux Forum

When my Linux Adventure began a few years ago, I did the same thing I did when I was learning the ins and outs of Microsoft Windows, I went searching for a friendly community tech support forum.

I had a bit of a head start in my search for a helpful and friendly Linux forum, though. My favorite Finn, Urmas, had started his Linux Adventure a few months prior to me. He converted. Then he converted his mom. Nowadays he’s one of my fellow Admins over at Scot’s Newsletter Forums – Bruno’s All Things Linux, the very forum where he recommended I go to find the friendly help I was seeking.

Why the complicated name for that forum? Well, it’s like this… Scot Finnie, the Editor-in-Chief for ComputerWorld, started this board back in 2003 as an adjunct to his excellent MS WIndows-based tech newsletter. Scot has since become a bit of a Mac fan, but that’s a whole ‘nother story, pardner. Anywho, Scot’s board has many forums. There’s All Things Windows, All Thing Mac, and there’s Hardware, Application Software, Browsers and Email, etc. It’s all there for your reading and posting pleasure. The members of the community are known as Highlanders. Get it? Scot = a highlander. Oh, nevermind.

The area of Scot’s board that I visit most frequently is, of course, Bruno’s All Things Linux. Why is it Bruno’s? Well, you can read my very first article on this blog to find out that story. The man I’m talking about in that article is Bruno Knaapen, the founding Administrator of All Things Linux at Scot’s board. We changed the name of the forum to honor Bruno’s memory. He was a special man. You can still read my first posting over at Bruno’s All Things Linux about my issues with my Zip100 drive on my newly installed Ubuntu 6.06 installation. Bruno quickly solved that issue for me. The rest is history.

Not a day has gone by since then that I don’t visit Scot’s – BATL at least once a day. Usually, it’s 5-10 times a day. The staff and members are the very best. I’m at home at Scot’s. It’s a nice feeling. There are other Linux forums out there, but none have that feel of community that Scot’s – BATL does for me. If you’re looking for a friendly community of geeks, tech weinees, and all-round great folks, stop on by for a visit. Tell ’em Urmas sent you. Heh! I’m not getting involved.

I’m going to close this with a quote that Bruno was fond of posting anytime anyone would use the verboten word “newbie” over at BATL:

QUOTE (Bruno @ Forum May 25 2003)

We try to avoid the word “newbie”, it does no justice to the efforts we, also the beginners, put in to learn a new operating system. I think the wish to learn Linux shows a brave attitude and deserves a better qualification.


To this day, we honor Bruno’s wishes regarding that word. Oh, and you won’t ever see RTFM there either. I guarantee it. How can I guarantee it? Because I’m an Admin there. If I don’t catch it one of the other staff will. We try to make Scot’s board a learning place for explorers of all levels and interests… not just Linux. If you’re looking for a change from the overcrowded, impersonal places you’re used to visiting, give Scot’s a shot.

Later, folks…


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  • ebrke  On May 4, 2010 at 14:51

    Good publicity for SNFL, Eric. And I’m always glad to see Bruno remembered in print, so to speak.

    • V. T. Eric Layton  On May 4, 2010 at 20:46

      Scot’s and BATL needed, and deserve, a kudo or three.

      Thanks for reading, Elizabeth! 🙂


  • Darrel Johnston  On May 4, 2010 at 16:02

    Thanks. I had never heard of that forum, but I am joining now. I saw a PCLOS2010 thread there. Right up my alley.

    I hear you about the work situation. I was recently laid-off a job building point-of-sale computers due to the company’s financial difficulties. I’m afraid the job situation sucks almost everywhere in the U.S.

    • V. T. Eric Layton  On May 4, 2010 at 20:50

      Hi Darrel! I wish you the best of luck in job situation, buddy. I think you’ll like Scot’s. I hope to see you there shortly.

      Thanks for reading and for the comments.


  • Securitybreach  On May 4, 2010 at 21:58

    Excellent post Eric. I welcome everyone to join us at BATL. We are a great community and try out best to help you solve your Linux woes.

    Keep up the good work Eric!!!!


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