As someone who always finds himself fighting the corner for non-geeks I have to say that acronyms are the work of Satan - and Satan appears to be sporting a corduroy jacket with leather patches on the elbows and a row of pens in the breast pocket.
"NOOBS" - ugh! I suppose it gets the job done, but it's not very inclusive, is it? Why not just give it a proper name with real words and stuff
? This isn't the military, NASA, or some focus group or middle management meeting. Aren't we supposed to be cutting through the fog and making all this technomological whatnot more accessible? The geeks have been ruling computing for more than two generations now - and yet we're still in the Dark Ages. Time to move on!
I feel your pain as a lifelong bridge between the Nerdocracy and Real Worlds (and then some). Acronyms and jargon exist in every profession and walk of life - just listen to the dialogue in a typical medical or crime show to see just how bad things could be! The obvious advantage of acronyms is brevity and potentially as a mnemonic device, at the cost of immediate comprehension at first encounter. They can also provide improved precision, especially if there is a well-developed syntax, semantics, taxonomy, etc. One of the darker reasons for jargon is to increase the exclusivity of a group since it enables practitioners to cloak their work in an effort to raise the barrier-to-entry in order to reduce competition, and that's certainly the case with commercially-developed technology involving intellectual property (e.g., copyrights and patents).
You're right, we need to do a much better job translating the technical jargon to human language, which is part of the purpose of the educational material being developed with support from the Foundation. NOOBS also needs a lot of help as has been noted in other threads, e.g., Pidora doesn't even come up with an option to use startx to bring up an X desktop without additional packages being installed first (due to an early version being included in the NOOBS image, which is being corrected in the next version).
We look forward to your significant contributions to the educational content ... oh, no one told you that "He that complaineth, gets to contributeth."? Well, now you know
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