IDG Contributor Network: Are open source users anti-social muppets?


Mark Shuttleworth lashes out at “anti-social muppets”

Mark Shuttleworth, the founder of Ubuntu, recently lashed out at some users in the open source community. In a comment on he vented his frustration with “anti-social muppets” who have been directing hate at Mir.

Simon Sharwood reports for The Register:

Ubuntu founder Mark Shuttleworth has labelled some members of the free software community habitual, hateful and reflexive contrarians.

“The whole Mir hate-fest boggled my mind,” he wrote.” It’s free software that does something invisible really well. It became a political topic as irrational as climate change or gun control, where being on one side or the other was a sign of tribal allegiance.”

“I came to be disgusted with the hate on Mir. Really, it changed my opinion of the free software community.”

“I used to think that it was a privilege to serve people who also loved the idea of service, but now I think many members of the free software community are just deeply anti-social types who love to hate on whatever is mainstream.”

“…The very same muppets would write about how terrible it was that iOS/Android had no competition and then how terrible it was that Canonical was investing in (free software!) compositing and convergence.”

DistroWatch reviews PCLinuxOS 2017.03

has been a favorite Linux distribution of many users for quite a while, and now DistroWatch has a full review of PCLinuxOS 2017.03.

Jesse Smith reports for DistroWatch:

Nasty users preventing Linux from gaining market share?

Many people have wondered if Linux will ever attain greater desktop market share. A writer at TechRepublic thinks that some Linux users might be driving away new users by directing nasty comments at them.

Jack Wallen reports for TechRepublic:

The original poster asked a simple, innocent question, “What’s the easiest Linux distro for a newbie?” It was reading the responses to that question that caused me to draw my conclusion. Said responses ran the following gamut:

”Linux isn’t for newbies.”

”Linux is supposed to be challenging.”

”Go back to Windows.”

”If you have to ask, Linux isn’t for you.”

”User-friendly Linux has a name…Apple.”

I get it, comment sections tend to be rife with such statements. But in this case, it helped to highlight a problem that should be addressed. This attitude that Linux should be made for advanced users is not only damning, it is one that prevents the platform from gaining market share. A possible new user comes to such a forum, is met with that kind of response, and turns away — right back to the operating system from whence they came.

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