OS Zealots and the stupidity March 18, 2007Posted by rjdohnert in Opinions.
Im tired of em. You know who I mean. The guys that aggravate the forums with their choice is better than yours. They often revert to lying, spreading misinformation and just being dicks. Take for instance the zealots that go to Channel 9. Who can appreciate those guys. Yes I know there are people out there who love Linux. Yes I know there are people out there who love Mac OS X. And yes, I know there are people out there who love Windows. My only question is do some of you need to be so hard headed about it. Some say I flip flop. I go from one camp to another. I dont consider myself a flip flopper. Im one who is willing to concede that yes, Apple does a good job sometime. Im willing to concede I like UNIX and Linux flavors when they are packaged together right and work flawlessly. Of course I do like Windows.
What I dont like is when my technological prowess is questioned because I complain ndiswrapper doesnt work right or my display flickers like a 70’s disco ball because X didnt configure it properly. Its not that I dont know how to fix it because I do. But if the zealots of the world are willing to climb to the highest available mountain and proclaim Linux and/or Solaris or BSD are fit for use by the non-technical you better be willing to back up your claims. If I install Linux and or any UNIX flavor and nothing works right its frustrating. Can you therefore appreciate how frustrating it will be for someone who doesnt know how to use the systems. Its definately more frustrating for them because everything worked in **GASP** Windows **GASP** or Mac OS X. So when I complain its not because I lack technological mojo, its because Im coming at you with something you will hear from Aunt Suzie who barely knows how to turn on the freaking machine. Would it be nice for Dell and other hardware OEM’s to bundle Linux? Of course it would be. It would put Microsoft on its toes and probably motivate the hell out of em. But until something as usable to newcomers as Windows, BeOS or Mac OS X comes out of the Linux camp Windows will be the number 1 pick. I like Linux. I have tons of experience with it. I dont wish death upon it but if zealots are considering themselves representatives of a community please make some fricking sense and be civillized otherwise you look childish, retarded and make the entire community look bad as a whole. On the other hand, dont consider all users of alternative systems as the bad guys. They arent. As with any industry you have people who are genuine and know what they are doing and can be a great resource. I have friends in those camps. Some are really great friends but often times they get drowned out by the zealots who proclaim Linux or Mac OS X to be the best thing next to the second coming.
If you cant find flaws in your favorite product who are you to tell me the flaws in mine?