Debian or Ubuntu?

Dotan Cohen dotancohen at
Mon May 12 15:58:16 UTC 2008

2008/5/12 Derek Broughton <news at>:
>>       * As was mentioned several times, the Debian mailing lists have
>>         far more knowledgeable users than Ubuntu's. If you are doing
>>         advanced stuff, you are much likely to find help on the Debian
>>         lists
> I beg to differ.  Debian may have some users more knowledgeable than anyone
> here.  Getting them to help you is another issue.  I'll take the help
> available here, any day.

The Debian people seem very willing to help, but they expect the user
to follow common mailing list etiquette. The Ubuntu list is very
forgiving of the lack of ML etiquette. If you want to post to
1) STFW first. Then state how you searched and what you did[n't] find.
2) Ask a clear question. State what worked, what didn't, and how what
happened differed from what you expected.
3) Don't hijack threads, don't top post, don't spam.

There's a good paper on how to ask smart questions. Google it, read
it, and abide by it. You'll be welcome anywhere from Ubuntu to Gentoo
to the kernel dev list.

Dotan Cohen

A: Because it messes up the order in which people normally read text.
Q: Why is top-posting such a bad thing?

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