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I Hate Linux

Friday, August 06, 2004

Clearing a few things up...

I’ve received a bit of hate mail and even a few blog comments that question my intelligence, maturity, and more from people who seem to miss understand this blog and its author.

See the 1st word in the name of this blog? That’s right, the 1st person ‘I’, you know, Brendan, the guy writing this blog. Everything here is based on ‘I’, from my perspective, how and what I see, think, and feel about Linux.

Is everything I say correct? I think so, however not all may agree, and resorting to childish insults in order to say I’m wrong is sure not a way to prove one’s side as right. It’s unfortunate that a few have decided to act as such.

I often see the debate of Linux vs Windows, or Mac vs Linux, etc as a holy war, not unlike ‘which religion is right’. In such a standoff, is it any surprise that I think my side is in the right and is best and that I am not a fan of the other?

Some have even tried to convert me to the other side... unfortunately none have been able to show me how Linux can work better for me and my needs than Windows... of course I am the same person who still runs Windows 2000 at home and at work because I do not see any benefit to upgrading to XP (Longhorn however may be a different story).

Some have even gone as far as to call me a bigot... which I think is quite funny because I am pretty liberal in many things, especially when it comes to most personal choices... While I may not like something (ie Linux) I’m certainly not about to try to force someone not to do what they want, I will simply state my views on the subject.

To those who wish to continue to engage in an active debate over the merits of one OS over another, I welcome you to stay and continue to do so.

To those who act out in childish ways such as name calling in order to try to insult me into accepting their side... I say you might as well stop. Your e-mails and blog comments will be deleted soon after they are received... but not before my laughing at them.

17 Comments:

  • I think Linux is the holy grail. Bow down and kiss my feet!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12:54 PM  

  • Think that all you want... but the moment you try to make me kiss your feet, pray to your god, run Linux or anything else... we might have a problem.

    By Blogger Brendan, at 1:00 PM  

  • "Some have even gone as far as to call me a bigot... which I think is quite funny because I am pretty liberal in many things, especially when it comes to most personal choices"

    Ahem. May I go so far as to suggest you are calling conservatives bigots? Being a conservative has nothing to do with being a bigot, darling dearest.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 7:44 PM  

  • A tip for you -- something you might not have heard from others: There is no reason why I can tell you that you must use Linux. Red Hat, Novell, and a few others are selling versions of Linux but aside from them there is no one pushing you to use linux. If you like the Microsoft firewall/antivirus/patch cycle of money and time, that is your personal judgement. It's not the same as my judgement but it does not harm me that you don't share my valuations. Use whatever you want -- it is your money and you can spend it however you wish.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12:15 AM  

  • "If you like the Microsoft firewall/antivirus/patch cycle of money and time, that is your personal judgement."
    Linux has precisely the same cycle and in my opinion Windows implements it in a much easier and more efficient way.
    You're honestly not suggesting that people should run Linux without these, especially the firewall and patches, are you?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10:17 PM  

  • One thing I have noted when reading this blog is that Brendon has used Linux extensively. So maybe it is not his cup of tea yet. Sometimes I think that the reactionary name (I Hate Linux) is merely an attempt to get readers to listen to his complaints. Perhaps this is where the maturity criticism comes from. Whether or not there are better ways to communicate I think misses the point.

    Fair enough. Most of the issues he discusses are ones we have all (those of us with extensive UNIX or Linux) experience encountered. Well, I have never unintentionally deleted my /bin/ directory (I have deleted it on purpose in order to reinstall a system without losing data). BTW in safe mode you CAN delete del.exe on Windows.... ;-)

    Brendon-- if you could actually tell us WHY you hate Linux, that might be helpful. This may not be the same thing as WHAT you hate about it. Maybe you don't like a certain portion of the community. Maybe you feel that we should all pay software licensing fees. Maybe you are a secret VMS fan that hates all things UNIX and hence likes NT. Maybe it just pushes you out of your comfort zone. We really don't know. Maybe if you tell us, the conversation can be deeper and we can actually learn about eachothers' viewpoints.

    In general, I do think that Linux is better than Windows for most tasks. Desktop apps are still a little immature but within another couple years, there will be major competition on the desktop once again. But that is my opinion.

    By Blogger Einhverfr, at 4:20 PM  

  • Accordingly to netcraft.com this site is running on linux. Move it on windows and wait...

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2:39 PM  

  • YOU SILLY LINUX ZEALOTS !!

    LEAVE HIM ALONE !!!

    He has all the right to love his Microsoft and hate the Penguin.
    Why should everyone move to Linux? Why should they?
    And people trying to convert him is just plain idiotic.
    Why waste your coffee stinking breaths?
    Sometimes I think many of these people
    are just as a bafoonish as Microsoft Windows users.

    signed:
    TheMESMERIC
    (one Linux Zealot)

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5:49 AM  

  • If you don't like Linux, that's ok... But why would you divote a blog to your hatred? I mean, I run 2 linux boxes, and they're not bad. It's free, open source, etc. Why is that bad? I don't see Microsoft complaining... oh wait. Maybe if Windows didn't suck so much.

    By Blogger Pyro, at 11:43 AM  

  • i choose linux on many issues...sure it has a few bad parts, but really those are just annoyances...i can deal with a program not compiling because i forgot to upgrade gtk or glibc, but i Like it because it is smaller, i can fit it in under 500mb with X, under a gig with the same funcionality windows xp comes with out of the box (windows xp takes about 3 iirc) stability....when it crashes, 99.9999% of the time i just have to restart X, and its working fine aswell as keeping some programs running.

    and longhorn, dont get me started on that shit. it is NEVER coming out, it requires more hardware than exists, it is just one big DRM shell...(after all, i like Microsoft controlling my personal data as much as the next guy but hey, i have rights too)...and imagine all the BUGS from all the new crap. i mean, just look at xp sp2. so many new bugs. And i know people who work for ms. did you know that they have a "dont fix this" bug list that includes many critical flaws? Sure, windows and linux both have patches, but you got to understand no software is secure, there are only afew programs you can make that are completely secure, like a hello world, but sheesh. Windows has thousands of virusses and known exploits, linux has a bunch of known exploits that are ALL fixed, and only a FEW malware programs. I am not trying to convert you to linux or whatnot, i just wish you could understand what goes into linux and why it has its positives...and this may sound anti-windows...but factoring in cost, TCO, security, stability, (useability is actually around the same), linux is the better solution.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9:11 AM  

  • 3 words: Right on, dude.

    - AriesGeek

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9:48 AM  

  • I hate linux too, run freebsd instead and feel a peaceful bliss wash over you as a unix os should do.

    If youre gonna take the time to use some command line interface os like unix, then you might as well use a version that actaully works and is stable and is NOT full of new security holes and critical kernel patches every few weeks (like linux distros, slackware and redhat/fedora in particular ). Linux sucks, except for gentoo , in my opinion all linux sucks that use that shit ass apt get / rpm crap framework. Use a real package framework for stability and predictiability. RPM is a joke, you do dependency hunts when you wanna install the simplist of apps. I would be frustrated too if i were to learn linux. Its a shame too, many ppl deal with the crap linux distros without ever checking out freebsd - but those are just the nutjob zealots that give geeks a bad name.

    anyways, windows sucks my f'ing cock any day of the week. with all the keystroke logger malware funky ass shit running the background that i have basically no control over freaks me out.

    In windows land, you are at the mercy of the os, a passenger hoping that master bill treats you right.

    In bsd land, you are in control and all powerful.

    Stability is a nice feeling, you should step out of the hair pulling streesful life of windows/linux and into freebsd happiness.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 7:40 PM  

  • I hate linux too, run freebsd instead and feel a peaceful bliss wash over you as a unix os should do.

    If youre gonna take the time to use some command line interface os like unix, then you might as well use a version that actaully works and is stable and is NOT full of new security holes and critical kernel patches every few weeks (like linux distros, slackware and redhat/fedora in particular ). Linux sucks, except for gentoo , in my opinion all linux sucks that use that shit ass apt get / rpm crap framework. Use a real package framework for stability and predictiability. RPM is a joke, you do dependency hunts when you wanna install the simplist of apps. I would be frustrated too if i were to learn linux. Its a shame too, many ppl deal with the crap linux distros without ever checking out freebsd - but those are just the nutjob zealots that give geeks a bad name.

    anyways, windows sucks my f'ing cock any day of the week. with all the keystroke logger malware funky ass shit running the background that i have basically no control over freaks me out.

    In windows land, you are at the mercy of the os, a passenger hoping that master bill treats you right.

    In bsd land, you are in control and all powerful.

    Stability is a nice feeling, you should step out of the hair pulling streesful life of windows/linux and into freebsd happiness.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 7:40 PM  

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    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11:47 AM  

  • Fact is: Your opinions are worthless.

    Nor do I care about them.

    In fact, I think you're right.

    People should care less, and get out of here.

    Who the fuck cares if you are a Microsoft Fanboy and have pictures of Bill Gates all over your room?

    I don't. I wish that more people wouldn't.

    Everybody sane knows that Linux is way more stable.

    Or maybe you're an idiot naming your blog 'I hate Linux'? Maybe, just maybe.

    Think about that.

    And you're not really original, Microsoft Fanboy.

    By Anonymous Svip, at 3:00 PM  

  • I should delete your comment, but I think it is a perfect example of how some (like you) care enough about my opinions, after all, you did spend the time to write that very eloquent comment. Thanks again!

    By Blogger Brendan, at 7:36 PM  

  • I have used Linux in the past, but enjoy the ease of use (and games availability) on Windows. I've never had a virus, malware, adware, or spyware on my machine (and yes, it's connected to the Internet for long periods of time via a broadband connection). My Win2k box has never crashed on me due to a software problem (it crashed when I tried to overclock it too much), so all this talk about stability doesn't make much sense. Of course, I go into services and only allow the ones I want/need running and I edit the startup programs whenever unnecessary programs are running, so my machine is always at "peak performance," and I run a software firewall as well as the firewall in my Linksys router/switch. At work, we have no problems with stability on Windows platforms, either. Just my two cents.

    By Anonymous JR, at 9:09 AM  

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