Thursday, August 15, 2013

Attitude

Well, after hanging out in the Debian IRC channels for a few days, I grew rather tired of the major attitude I was observing. Ok... Debian has been around a long time and it's not as easy to run as say Ubuntu. But that doesn't mean you have the right to be rude to people that run something else.

They referred to Ubuntu as "linux with training wheels". Ok, whatever. Yes, I had Debian on both my machines and it was running fine. But the Debian folks are way too principled for their own good. They deliberately omit a lot of extremely useful and necessary software and drivers from their distribution because it doesn't fit their particular strict definition of "free" and non-proprietary. This causes much unnecessary inconvenience.

Personally, I'm not running Linux because I want to be a communist. I could not care less about those sorts of principles that are put higher in priority above the need for things to actually function.

So I decided, screw the attitude. I'm going back to Lubuntu. Ok, maybe it has training wheels, but it looks a HELL of a lot better than Debian does. I could have tweaked Debian for six months to get it to look as good as Lubuntu does on DAY ONE.

This whole idea that you are somehow cooler and more elite because you run something that takes more work and knowledge to run is a bit of a fallacy. You may be cooler, but I HAVE A LOT MORE FREE TIME! LOL. AND MY SYSTEM JUST WORKS! So who is smarter?

Ok. Thanks for letting me get that off my chest. I love Linux. And I run it because it's fun. Not for bragging rights. I run a distro that is pretty easy to set up. That's ok. Instead of taking months to get everything right, I have two systems up and running perfectly with all my software in less than 24 hours.