I wrote a post a while ago wondering what the purpose of the trolls might be.
* Fill the Web with anti-Linux content for search engines? * Derail serious conversation-action from taking place in COLA by creating heated ridiculous arguments? * etc.
The more of these posts I read, I think a lot of what they are doing falls into the first category: filling the Web with anti-Linux content. They are coming at Linux from every angle they can think of. They are trying to propagate the myths about Linux being difficult to use. Frankentroll has his own style (which I don't read anymore). Flatfish is definitely doing it also. He changes his name to avoid being killfiled (to create chaos through arguments and crossposting) and-or to sound like many different "users" complaining about Linux.
Here is a sample (flatfish?) of something that someone might come across
"Linux is a joke!!!!!!! I don't care that it is free. You can wrap a piece of crap in a fancy gold wrapper, but it still taste like crap. The install from ftp, this is so bad it's laughable. It took me so many times to finally get it installed, I can't even tell ya. Then to add Apache, PHP and MySQL with administrators, I had to select 103..."
These kinds of things reinforce the stereotypes of Linux being difficult to use. The person that reads a few bits of information like this from "different sources" internalizes it and then pbuttes it off to other people, "I've heard of Linux, but I think I remember something about it being difficult to use. I don't want that kind of hbuttle." They will then say these things to themselves about Linux without any actual experience, and as soon as they reach their first natural hurdle with a new operating system they will think back to their preconception, and say, "it *IS* true, Linux is too difficult to use."
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I saw this with someone who I got started with Linux. He couldn't figure out how to add colors to text in OpenOffice. This was very annoying for him. He thought Linux was too difficult because of this one experience (based on his previous brainwashing). The reason that he couldn't figure out how to select new colors for text is because in Windows, you click on something and a menu opens. In OpenOffice, to open the color picker you have to hold down the mouse button. If you just click on it, nothing happens. It is just a different way of doing things from Windows.
That is a very simple solution to a very simple problem. It has nothing to do with "Linux being difficult to use." But the preconception of Linux is brought back and the simple problem irrationally turns into "Linux is difficult to use."
I believe this is one of the major reasons the long-time trolls are here.