Gentoo Forums
Gentoo Forums
Gentoo Forums
Quick Search: in
Is the Gentoo population aging or getting younger?
View unanswered posts
View posts from last 24 hours

Goto page 1, 2, 3  Next  
Reply to topic    Gentoo Forums Forum Index Gentoo Chat
View previous topic :: View next topic  
Author Message
TheLexx
Tux's lil' helper
Tux's lil' helper


Joined: 04 Dec 2005
Posts: 84
Location: Austin Tx

PostPosted: Sun Jun 30, 2013 6:04 pm    Post subject: Is the Gentoo population aging or getting younger? Reply with quote

It is in interesting question to ask, "Is the population of Gentoo users aging, getting younger or staying about the same?".

Gentoo users get upclose and personal with the code like choosing kernel options and many other details. This is in stark contrast to most modern plug-n-play-login-to-facebook-check-4squares users of today. Because of this, it is easy to imagine that all Gentoo users are Gen-X'ers that bought there first modem just after watching War games and Tron in the theater. If people like me are the only ones using Gentoo then that could lead to problems.

I would not suspect that Gentoo would be the first distro that Millennials would try, but I could imagine someone tiring of the offers from Microsoft and Apple deciding to try Linux. After getting hooked on the power/control of Linux migrating from an easy to use distro to an advanced distro such as Gentoo.

I think I should start a poll, but I don't know what the question would be. Did you use computers before 1995?. Did you have to be a geek/nerd to have a computer at home when you first got yours? Did you see the movie 2001 and wonder if computers will talk like that when the year 2001 comes around? Did you see the movie War games and think I need to get one of them MOE-DUM thingies for my Commodore/Atari? Did you ever argue about whether Commodore or Atari made the best home computer. Did you own an "IBM compatible" computer when IBM had any say in what constituted an "IBM compatible" computer. Or are you to young for any of that?

Well, maybe I'm rambling a bit. Bottom line, are there any on the next generation users interested in Gentoo?
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
dmpogo
Advocate
Advocate


Joined: 02 Sep 2004
Posts: 2287
Location: Canada

PostPosted: Sun Jun 30, 2013 6:53 pm    Post subject: Re: Is the Gentoo population aging or getting younger? Reply with quote

TheLexx wrote:


Did you use computers before 1995?.
Yes, since somewhere 1984. Exclusively Unix since 1986.

Did you have to be a geek/nerd to have a computer at home when you first got yours?
No, the first computer I bought for home was 386SX laptop with Win 3.1 and Word 2 for my wife to write a book in 1992. I had no interest to go into detail
of what it does.

Did you see the movie 2001 and wonder if computers will talk like that when the year 2001 comes around?
No, never was interested in sci-fi, work in theoretical astrophysics was enough :).

Did you see the movie War games and think I need to get one of them MOE-DUM thingies for my Commodore/Atari?
No

Did you ever argue about whether Commodore or Atari made the best home computer. Did you own an "IBM compatible" computer when IBM had any say in what constituted an "IBM compatible" computer. Or are you to young for any of that?
On a margin, see above.

Well, maybe I'm rambling a bit. Bottom line, are there any on the next generation users interested in Gentoo?
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
NeddySeagoon
Administrator
Administrator


Joined: 05 Jul 2003
Posts: 31875
Location: 56N 3W

PostPosted: Sun Jun 30, 2013 7:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

TheLexx,

I would say the users are probably ageing. I know I am. I'm 10 years older now than when I started with Gentoo :)

I've been playing with computers for 50 years now, so to add to your questions ...
do you remember acoustic couplers
do you remember bulletin boards
do you remember the 4004 DRAM chip (4k bits, not bytes)
do you remember the great Prestel hack, or even Prestel at all?

There are many more ...

No, I didn't have a computer at home in 1963 and I was probably the only one in a school of about 1100 that had computer programing as a hobby.
_________________
Regards,

NeddySeagoon

Computer users fall into two groups:-
those that do backups
those that have never had a hard drive fail.
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
aCOSwt
Moderator
Moderator


Joined: 19 Oct 2007
Posts: 2537
Location: Hilbert space

PostPosted: Sun Jun 30, 2013 9:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

NeddySeagoon wrote:
I would say the users are probably ageing. I know I am.

:D
+1! :evil:
BTW, as ladies will never acknowledge this, this thread should enable us to count them reliably.

my 2cts :

- Do you get research!dmr in your contact list ?
- Do you get THUERK at DEC-MARLBORO in your blacklist ?
- Did you try to sue Teletype for being responsible for your parkinson's disease ?
...
_________________
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
Hypnos
Advocate
Advocate


Joined: 18 Jul 2002
Posts: 2867
Location: Omnipresent

PostPosted: Sun Jun 30, 2013 10:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The most important thing is that the users stay young at heart. I.e., regardless of age, keep up with new technologies and judge them on their merits.

All the same, as I've gotten older, I've placed a higher premium on elegance = simplicity + power. I've drifted towards a Plan9-ish view of software, though I still use XFCE, Mozilla and GTK+ GUI apps on a regular basis.
_________________
Personal overlay | Simple backup scheme
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
TheLexx
Tux's lil' helper
Tux's lil' helper


Joined: 04 Dec 2005
Posts: 84
Location: Austin Tx

PostPosted: Sun Jun 30, 2013 10:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Humm, I seamed to have rambled on way toooo much in my first post. I am wondering if there are any young folks that are taking up the mantle of Gentoo. Or, will Linux and Gentoo become the model of geriatric computing.
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
Hypnos
Advocate
Advocate


Joined: 18 Jul 2002
Posts: 2867
Location: Omnipresent

PostPosted: Sun Jun 30, 2013 11:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I would start a topic titled "Are there any Gentoo users younger than 25?" and have a poll with various age brackets to choose from.
_________________
Personal overlay | Simple backup scheme
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
shazeal
Apprentice
Apprentice


Joined: 03 May 2006
Posts: 163
Location: New Zealand

PostPosted: Mon Jul 01, 2013 12:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

My first computer was a ZX spectrum 16k, that makes me young right? :lol:

SCREEEEEWWWWWEEEEEWWWSSHHHHHH
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
aCOSwt
Moderator
Moderator


Joined: 19 Oct 2007
Posts: 2537
Location: Hilbert space

PostPosted: Mon Jul 01, 2013 5:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

TheLexx wrote:
Humm, I seamed to have rambled on way toooo much in my first post. I am wondering if there are any young folks that are taking up the mantle of Gentoo. Or, will Linux and Gentoo become the model of geriatric computing.

8O geriatric computing 8O
Hey folks, shouldn't we report that one ?

OK then, I would start a topic titled "What sort of Quiche Eater are you?" and have a poll with various prog^H^H^H^Hfancy languages to choose from.

Then you would'nt get any of us, Real Men, contributing.
_________________
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
666threesixes666
Veteran
Veteran


Joined: 31 May 2011
Posts: 1237
Location: 42.68n 85.41w

PostPosted: Mon Jul 01, 2013 5:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

i am a time traveler from the 12th dimension. i travel forward in time at the rate of a second per second. technically the citizen is aging as is the gentoo citizen, and your question is irrelevant.
_________________
cat /etc/*-release
Funtoo Linux - baselayout 2.2.0
consider this warning no. 1
https://wiki.gentoo.org/index.php?title=Special:Contributions/666threesixes666&offset=&limit=500&target=666threesixes666
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
Goverp
Guru
Guru


Joined: 07 Mar 2007
Posts: 336

PostPosted: Mon Jul 01, 2013 9:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Surely a poll is in order.

FWIW I remember paper tape and the days before the integrated circuit.
_________________
Greybeard
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
Aiken
Tux's lil' helper
Tux's lil' helper


Joined: 22 Jan 2003
Posts: 134
Location: Toowoomba/Australia

PostPosted: Mon Jul 01, 2013 11:26 am    Post subject: Re: Is the Gentoo population aging or getting younger? Reply with quote

TheLexx wrote:
Did you use computers before 1995?


Does a vic-20 early 80's count? Pascal on cpm machines and cobol on hp3000 1st year uni in 1984. Minix on the pc at uni plus whatever unix the pyramid ran. Did not take much for me to try linux when a friend showed it to me. I remember buying redhat 4.1 when it was still available in stores in 97. As that cd set had x86 + sparc + alpha in the 1 box it was quite handy at the time.

I know my father inlaw was making something with discrete ic and wire wrap but that was before I got my hands on his daughter and met him.

Oh well, back to my rug in front of the fireplace, a book, my hot chocolate and thoughts of children should get off my lawn.
_________________
Beware the grue.
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
creaker
Guru
Guru


Joined: 14 Jul 2012
Posts: 549

PostPosted: Mon Jul 01, 2013 11:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

NeddySeagoon wrote:
...I've been playing with computers for 50 years now...


8O You're just a mammoth!
I've messed around computers since 1983, and I thought it is a very long period of time, but your 50 years experience - it is something unbelievable...
I feel like a little boy :oops:
_________________
Intel Core i3-2120 / 4Gb RAM / 250Gb HDD / NVidia GeForce-550Ti
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
depontius
Advocate
Advocate


Joined: 05 May 2004
Posts: 2470

PostPosted: Mon Jul 01, 2013 12:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Quote:
I think I should start a poll, but I don't know what the question would be. Did you use computers before 1995?. Did you have to be a geek/nerd to have a computer at home when you first got yours? Did you see the movie 2001 and wonder if computers will talk like that when the year 2001 comes around? Did you see the movie War games and think I need to get one of them MOE-DUM thingies for my Commodore/Atari? Did you ever argue about whether Commodore or Atari made the best home computer. Did ou own an "IBM compatible" computer when IBM had any say in what constituted an "IBM compatible" computer. Or are you to young for any of that?


I went to the theater with my dad to see "2001" when it first came out - I'm not sure if on release day, but within a week or two after.
I was 13, and sat glued to the TV all day and into the wee hours on July 20/21 1969.
I was more disappointed at the lack of Pan-Am shuttles, wheeled stations, and Clavius Base than I was the lack of HAL-9000.
I was also disappointed that for the year 2001 NOBODY restored the footage and brought it to theaters for re-release in full 70mm glory.
Saw "War Games", as mentioned later, managed to skip an accoustic-coupler modem for a 300 baud direct.

Forget Commodore/Atari... I remember the RISC wars starting up and the whole RISC/CISC debate. I was at either ISSCC or CICC during the debate era when some CISC designer got quite upset, emphasizing how he could make his microcode engine SCREAM! Then I read the Byte article on the architecture and design of the Motorola 6809. I felt I'd found the "sensible middle", and my first computer was a Radio Shack Coco. I upgraded that bugger to the hilt, from 4k to 16k, to solder-stacked 32k, to bend-one-lead-up, solder a spare wire through a resistor to a formerly unused pin on the SAM chip 64k. Then I ran OS9 (Unix clone) on my humble little CoCo.
That computer was sprawlingly unreliable by the time I'd upgraded things that far. It was also a bunch of clutter, so when the opportunity came along for a good buy on the "IBM XT-286", my wife was all in favor. That machine saw every single piece upgraded except the keyboard, which is still in use today.

I still have at least one modem in the basement, either 28.8k or 33.6k. Not Win-modems, either.

Quote:
do you remember acoustic couplers
do you remember bulletin boards
do you remember the 4004 DRAM chip (4k bits, not bytes)
do you remember the great Prestel hack, or even Prestel at all?


Yes, used them a little at work, barely managed to skip them for home, did start at 300 baud.
Yes, used them, too.
No, not specifically, though I did get samples of 2107 4k chips. My first job out of college was working test support for a 4k chip. Come to think of it, are you sure about that "4004" number being a DRAM? I thought the 4004 was Intel's first microprocessor. That and the 8008 both needed GOBS of TTL glue in order to work. The 4040 and 8080 were both much more integrated solutions than the 4004 and 8008, though both still needed glue. At least the 8080 also had the higher-integration clock chip (8224) and some support chips, as well. Here's a link - I had this: http://www.computerhistory.org/collections/accession/102673353 I also had a bunch of TMS-9900-series chips that they gave me when I was interviewing TI. Somewhere along the line I also picked up some AMD 2901 bit slices. (All of those gone now, unfortunately.)
No, however I was on Usenet the day GREEN CARD! hit.
_________________
.sigs waste space and bandwidth
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
ppurka
Advocate
Advocate


Joined: 26 Dec 2004
Posts: 3205

PostPosted: Mon Jul 01, 2013 1:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

umm... where's the poll?
_________________
emerge --quiet redefined | E17 vids: I, II
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
nix213
n00b
n00b


Joined: 08 Feb 2013
Posts: 23
Location: Illinois

PostPosted: Mon Jul 01, 2013 2:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I started BBS'ing around 1993/94, back in the days of the 386, MS-DOS 4.01, thedraw, telix, and the 2400 baud modem. Anyone else remember the zmodem download protocol? Or Thunderbyte AV?
_________________
"Wherever you go, go with all your heart." -Confucius
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
John R. Graham
Administrator
Administrator


Joined: 08 Mar 2005
Posts: 7742
Location: Somewhere over Atlanta, Georgia

PostPosted: Mon Jul 01, 2013 2:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

666threesixes666 wrote:
... technically the citizen is aging as is the gentoo citizen, and your question is irrelevant.
I'm pretty sure he meant, "Is the Gentoo population as a whole, on average aging or getting younger?"

- John
_________________
This space intentionally left blank.
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
aCOSwt
Moderator
Moderator


Joined: 19 Oct 2007
Posts: 2537
Location: Hilbert space

PostPosted: Mon Jul 01, 2013 4:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

John R. Graham wrote:
666threesixes666 wrote:
... technically the citizen is aging as is the gentoo citizen, and your question is irrelevant.
I'm pretty sure he meant, "Is the Gentoo population as a whole, on average aging or getting younger?"

Don't dodge the real issue John!

Have you ever used a Pascaline ?
_________________
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
hadrons123
Tux's lil' helper
Tux's lil' helper


Joined: 08 Mar 2012
Posts: 90
Location: chennai

PostPosted: Mon Jul 01, 2013 5:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Where is the poll?

I started on Linux 3 years ago and a Gentoo user very recently.
I have to find anyone younger than me in my area who would be even remotely interested in Linux let alone Gentoo.
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
John R. Graham
Administrator
Administrator


Joined: 08 Mar 2005
Posts: 7742
Location: Somewhere over Atlanta, Georgia

PostPosted: Mon Jul 01, 2013 5:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

aCOSwt wrote:
Don't dodge the real issue John!

Have you ever used a Pascaline ?
Well, no, but I have used IBM 026 and 029 card punch machines, which was over 30 years ago. Does Hollerith and EBCDIC get me into old fart territory? :P

- John
_________________
This space intentionally left blank.
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
NeddySeagoon
Administrator
Administrator


Joined: 05 Jul 2003
Posts: 31875
Location: 56N 3W

PostPosted: Mon Jul 01, 2013 7:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The youngest Gentoo user I'm aware of announced his/her 13th birthday on the forums.

There was a survey of Gentoo dev ages a few years ago. I was in a group of one :)
The results were published on a closed list so I won't say too much more about the survey.

From my own observations, devs get interested in Gentoo late in high school or early uni and continue until they discover girls (almost all devs are male) in a serious way. A few devs keep going though those years too. Then there is a bunch of devs who have grown up children, so they have more time.

I suspect our user base follows a similar pattern for similar reasons.
_________________
Regards,

NeddySeagoon

Computer users fall into two groups:-
those that do backups
those that have never had a hard drive fail.
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
NeddySeagoon
Administrator
Administrator


Joined: 05 Jul 2003
Posts: 31875
Location: 56N 3W

PostPosted: Mon Jul 01, 2013 7:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

John R. Graham,

If you can still read EBCDIC punched paper tape by eye - yes, you qualify for an old farts badge.
_________________
Regards,

NeddySeagoon

Computer users fall into two groups:-
those that do backups
those that have never had a hard drive fail.
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
djdunn
l33t
l33t


Joined: 26 Dec 2004
Posts: 689
Location: Arrakis

PostPosted: Mon Jul 01, 2013 8:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I was gonna say no im a youngin and im not part of generation X, but then i went and looked it up and yeah im a generation Xer...
_________________
"Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, but today is a gift. That is why it is called the present."

-Master Oogway
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
depontius
Advocate
Advocate


Joined: 05 May 2004
Posts: 2470

PostPosted: Mon Jul 01, 2013 10:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

John R. Graham wrote:
aCOSwt wrote:
Don't dodge the real issue John!

Have you ever used a Pascaline ?
Well, no, but I have used IBM 026 and 029 card punch machines, which was over 30 years ago. Does Hollerith and EBCDIC get me into old fart territory? :P

- John


I ran software *today* that deals with EBCDIC. There is a proprietary mask layout file type called "GL1" that originates in the old mainframe days, and has been carried over unchanged into workstations. Any text expressed in that format is in EBCDIC, and requires conversion both reading and writing.
_________________
.sigs waste space and bandwidth
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
eyoung100
Veteran
Veteran


Joined: 23 Jan 2004
Posts: 1411

PostPosted: Mon Jul 01, 2013 10:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I started messing with Linux around RedHat 5.3/6.2. I then tried SuSe 9, finding both to be bloatware, and not configurable enough. Mind you, I could configure the crap out of Windows 9x/ME. I never was comfortable using Linux as a full fledged desktop, but then I found Gentoo 2004.0, and configured Wine for EvE Online and now can comfortably say that the only thing I use Windows for is .NET Development --- I'm on the mono boat, but it isn't polished yet, and I hate to say that programmers must program for the 85% of uninformed computer users.

Now if I could only get Defiance and Rift to run stable without breaking after every patch, I'd be stuck to Windows for ASP.NET only....
_________________
The Birth and Growth of Science is the Death and Atrophy of Art -- Unknown
Registerd Linux User #363735
Adopt a Post | Strip Comments| Emerge Wrapper
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
Display posts from previous:   
Reply to topic    Gentoo Forums Forum Index Gentoo Chat All times are GMT
Goto page 1, 2, 3  Next
Page 1 of 3

 
Jump to:  
You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot vote in polls in this forum