Adventures In Computing

September 23, 2010

Extremists Will Ruin It for All of Us

Filed under: Linux, Ubuntu, Ubuntu 64bit, Windows — Normand Bissonnette @ 12:05 pm

My last post, My Failures with Ubuntu 10.10 and Experimenting with Windows 7, made me realize why Linux, and even Apple to a certain extent, has trouble gaining more than a foothold as the Operating System of choice: Fanboys and the hubristic view that certain users have concerning Linux.

All OS’s have their fanboys that will not listen to reason. Just the fact that I mentioned that I liked using Windows 7 provoked a comment that annoyed me and got me thinking. If we are Ubuntu users and/or free software enthusiasts are we not allowed to say/write that we like Windows 7? The answer is obviously “NO” for the elitist/fanboys

I have tried to convert the masses to Ubuntu for 4 years and I get flak from over zealous fanboys. I am sure that if Ubuntu reaches a user base of over 5 percent of all computers, most current fanboys will abandon Ubuntu saying that it is too popular, too simplistic, too easy to use … etc, etc, etc. True computing enthusiasts will not denigrate or insult people simply because they don’t use the same OS as they do, but fanboys will. True Ubuntu enthusiasts will not drop Ubuntu because it is used by “everybody else”, but fanboys will.

The Ubuntu community must keep growing and must keep evolving for it to be a factor in the future. The voice of dissent must be heard and understood before it is just dismissed as being wrong, silly and absurd. To be part of the Ubuntu community one must follow a Code of Conduct. I urge every Ubuntu user to read it and follow it, not only when dealing with Ubuntu users, but also in life. There would be a lot less conflicts in the world if everybody did. I know that right now I am sounding a bit preachy, too bad, that is how I feel.

In a community we are all allowed to have our own opinion but in this blog I will always have the final say.



  1. That’s funny, while because reading the original article, especially the headline, I thought you were trying to provoke the fanboys. Sorry, but what did you expect?

    “… are either trial versions of the programs or pirated” was where you had me. How do you advocate for a Code of Conduct, and at the same time thumb your nose at software licenses?

    Comment by jimcooncat — September 23, 2010 @ 12:54 pm

    • I wasn’t trying to provoke anybody, I was just writing about my experiences.

      One of the reasons why I “gave up” on Windows four and a half years ago was because if I wanted to do everything I needed to do it would cost me a fortune and I did not want to pirate programs.

      Though not an excuse, I only installed pirated software where no trial versions were available.

      My experiment with Windows 7 will end this weekend when I install and try Linux Mint Debian until the final release of Ubuntu 10.10 in October.

      Comment by spurius — September 23, 2010 @ 1:35 pm

  2. What you say is quite true. Ubuntu users tend to gather together and seem to hate the word Microsoft. It becomes quite comical watching them avoid using that word while trying to describe anything having to do with Windows. Yet, Windows, like any other operating system, does have its uses.

    Comment by Charlie Kravetz — September 23, 2010 @ 1:02 pm

  3. @Charlie It’s not really fair to say what “Ubuntu users” as a group believe, we’re a large and diverse group!

    Comment by jorge — September 23, 2010 @ 1:31 pm

  4. At home it’s all Ubuntu, but at work I need to have MS Windows for Quickbooks — and with that I have to install Excel and Adobe Reader for a working bookkeeping system. I’ve reviewed software like OpenERP as an accounting software solution, but it’s a challenge (as in real, real HARD) to move a going business from one accounting software package to another.

    I very much dislike the contention between OS vendors, as my life would be so much simpler if the systems would talk to each other better, like video, preference for forward or backslashes in pathnames, and clipboard features. But the rift between the two *ideologies* makes it difficult for a practical person that needs both platforms.

    Comment by jimcooncat — September 23, 2010 @ 2:25 pm

  5. If you are not using LUNIX then you are ALL FAGGOT, ALL THE TIME!

    Comment by Ibod Catooga — September 25, 2010 @ 5:45 am

    • Is Ibod Catooga latin for moron? Yes!

      Comment by spurius — September 25, 2010 @ 8:21 am

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