Silly People

Sometimes I really enjoy the Linux propaganda machine. They come up with some really clever arguments, although they don’t always make much sense when you scratch below the surface. The penguins are kinda cute too.

For example… this post by Aboo S

At first glance it’s mildly humorous, but when you stop to think about it, it just becomes silly. His closing point is that this is “Another undocumented bug of undisclosed source code”.

Riiiight! Tell me something (and be honest)… How many Linux users do you think have ever looked at the source code of the distro they are using? You guys can stand around and beat your little drums and scream Open Source, Open Source all you want, but do you honestly believe the typical user gives a damn? By typical user I mean the average Joe who just happens to be using Linux, not the uber tech-nerd in the black turtleneck who spends all day sitting in a Starbucks cafe looking smug while he works on his open source project instead of getting a real job.

I’ve used Linux off and on for years. I’ve used at least 4 different distros, and every time WITHOUT FAIL the performance was inferior to Windows on the same exact hardware. The UI was less appealing and less intuitive. Every time, within 3 months, I reformatted and put Windows on the machine.

Linux People, listen up and take note… If I can’t give it to my Grandmother or my non-tech-nerd Brother, it’s not good enough. Believe it or not, most people who own computers have no desire to be computer geeks. They don’t want to recompile their kernel and they damn sure don’t want to use a command line just to get their mouse working. We had that “feature” in Microsoft land 15 years ago, it was called DOS and we’ve moved on.

I’m not against open source, by any means, but don’t make the mistake of thinking that closed source is evil. So far, almost all of the closed source products I’ve used will easily kick the ass of most open source projects. You know why? People like to be paid for their efforts. They like being able to put food on the table. Open source is great for academia, but it doesn’t pay the bills.

Feel free to flame me all you want, but you know I’m right.

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