Frequently Asked Questions

You don’t, if channel staff see you possess the skills required to become an OP and we’re short of OPs at the time, you’ll be approached.
You can join channel staff in ##Linux-OPs and raise your issues there. Discussing channel issues in open channel is off-topic for ##Linux and therefore not allowed.

##Linux is secured with a channel mode. You need to have a nickserv account AND be identified/logged in to it to communicate in the ##Linux channel. This is to help reduce the amount of troublemakers/trolls in the channel and have a higher sense of quality.

See the Nickserv page on freenode:

First of all, are you really banned? If you haven’t been specifically banned, and you would normally be aware of it if you were actively participating, you might just have an issue with nickserv identification. See:

Another reason you might be banned is because your connection was flapping (connecting/disconnecting a lot) in a short period of time. In that case you would usually be ban-forwarded to ##fix_your_connection. If you return when this problem is resolved, you can ask for assistance in ##Linux-OPs to have the ban-forward removed.

Lastly, if you are a trouble-maker and do not follow the rules, bans will be issued. Our default time span for bans is 24 hours but that can be reduced or extended depending on the severity of the situation. Repeat offences usually will increase the length of bans as well. We hope and expect everyone to maintain a reasonable respect for each other and keep it clean and mature.

There really is no best… Anything. Best is a personal opinion that you create on your own.

General responses to various questions:

What’s the best Linux® distro?
Please see Which has a search feature, user comments, and pretty much everything you need to be able to start answering that question for yourself. Nobody in ##Linux can tell you what’s best, you need to find that for yourself and try various approaches/distros to see what suits your needs.

What’s the best text editor?
You have a choice. That’s the value of Linux®. vim, emacs, nano, pico, joe, jed, gedit, kedit, kwrite…. The list goes on. They each have their strengths and weaknesses, and the better question is to actually ask what types of features you are looking for in such an editor to better serve your purpose.

What’s the best media player?
Like the previous one, there’s plenty of choices, and no one answer will ever satisfy you besides what you’re looking for. Are you looking for Gnome, KDE, non-specific DE, console? Do you want streaming support? Do you want it to be able to stream? Be more specific and ask what you’re really looking for.