More on Linus Torvalds later … first, Renard’s World is a blog I sometimes read, and today I found his post – Bad Characters Within The Linux Community – very interesting. I’ve been into computers and their OSes since 1992 and never really paid much attention to any of the online community forums, until probably between 2008 and 2016 when I was searching for a wireless USB adapter that was compatible with Linux. That’s when I noticed how condescending, ‘Rude’, unfriendly, sarcastic, ‘Snarky’, and basically how useless most Linux forums were. I mean, it took roughly 8 years of searching to find that USB adapter, and finally discovered one on Amazon whilst doing another search for one that supported a Linux Distro…i.e. the Linux Communities provided no answers. By 1993 I had learned that computer phone support was usually going to require a long wait (for any site other than Dell at that time), so I always tried to fix a problem myself – other than emergencies (e.g. lightning strike finding its way into my computer). Does Linux offer phone support? Maybe, I dunno, but probably not for normal desktop/laptop users. For the most part, it is probably easier to do a GOOGLE search on any Linux problem, since your answer is generally found quicker than on a Linux Community forum…well, if there is actually an answer to your question. I have often found that my GOOGLE Linux search comes up with Ask Ubuntu results first. Sometimes the answers work…many times they don’t, but by using GOOGLE you at least avoid the personal aggravations of a Linux forum.
I’ve been searching for over a year now on how to get rid of the annoying Linux password prompts for such things as adding an app, opening GParted, opening Synaptic Package Manager, etc. BionicPup doesn’t require a password for anything, so I assume there are other Linux Distros that also don’t require one. Now, the Login password prompt for most Distros is easy to stop – usually requires changing a setting in the system info area to no Login password required. However, the offered solutions in forums and/or online require the terminal/command prompt, and I haven’t found any that worked. I saw many community forum questions on getting rid of the annoying password prompts answered with something like – ‘Why would you want to remove the safety of password prompts?’ or ‘Why would you want to gamble on your system’s security by removing the password prompts?’ or ‘Don’t do that, you’ll lose important security that is built into Linux!’ … useless answers (IMHO) from people who are hung up on security, in an OS that Linux communities promote as being more secure than Windows 10 (I have never had a security issue with the six Windows 10 licenses I use – the provided free Windows Security that comes with it is great!).
Not to dismiss the Linux Community forums totally, they can also be useful at times – if you follow the Community’s long list of posting rules, get enough ‘Gold Stars’ and/or ‘Brownie Badges’ that you’ll be accepted, etc. Also, I don’t think Developers are the problem on Community forums…moderators and ‘Old Timers’ seem to be the most condescending, IMHO. Speaking of Developers, they can have it tough when dealing with obnoxious users also … here’s a favorite example of mine, from Georges Stavracas – On Being a Free Software Maintainer. Like Renard Moreau said, “Bad characters are everywhere…”
How many desktop/laptop users will spend 8 years searching for a wireless USB adapter? Say, conducting that search just once a month, for 8 years? How many desktop/laptop users would spend 1 day a month for a year searching on how to stop the annoying Linux password prompts? That’s basically what Linux is about after some 29 years. How many desktop/laptop users want to spend 1 day a week, for just that week, trying to find drivers for their printer? How many desktop/laptop users simply want to plug their new wireless USB adapter into their computer, and have it work? How many desktop/laptop users would rather use the terminal/command prompt to change settings than using a graphical settings interface? Well, over 80% of desktop/laptop users want an Operating System that offers the simplicity of ‘Plug and Play’ but very few desktop/laptop users want to deal with the terminal/command prompt to change computer settings (if they can even be changed that way). Probably less than .05% of desktop/laptop users don’t mind using the terminal/command prompt to fix or change their system.
How many Windows 7 users don’t want to mess with upgrading (for free) to Windows 10? Apparently a lot, and that is a simple graphical ‘follow instruction’ and a few boxes to check. All my tests on Windows 7 to Windows 10 upgrades passed on computers built from 2009 to present day. Earlier MoBo’s and/or computers often failed the upgrade, or were just too slow for Windows 10…even with clean installs after the upgrade. If a Windows 7 user isn’t going to mess with the Windows 10 upgrade, then they are certainly not going to want to mess with switching to Linux – where their printer is probably not going to work, where their Wi-Fi router will probably stop working, etc…even if they are able to install one of the 2000+ Linux Distros.
Now, back to Linus Torvalds and the lack of civility throughout the Linux Communities, forums, and in general – just bad manners amongst a majority of Linux advocates. Radical Linux users, in general, are not as bad as my experience with the MacJihadi many many years ago, but most Linux advocates seem to use some form of the old MacJihadi ‘Play Book’. Heck, I’ve shutdown comments on this blog twice, because dealing with most other Linux users is basically impossible…BTW, comments are closed permanently now.
Does the Linux Communities recognize how obnoxious they are? Apparently it is even obvious to them:
- Code of Conduct: Let’s revamp it.
- That’s based on: Contributor Covenant
- Previous conduct version was: Code of Conflict
‘Bad Behavior’ seems to be a part of Linux from top to bottom – Torvalds Apologizes for His ‘Bad Behavior’, Takes a Break from Linux:
It should not come as a surprise to anyone that Linus Torvalds is not a diplomatic person. He doesn’t even try to be polite or politically correct. He is known for his angry outbursts. Mild swearing and F-words drops in the Linux Kernel mailing list when he is unhappy with a kernel patch. He has even defended this behavior in the past.
BTW, Linus Torvalds isn’t even an ANTIFA-ish Linux ‘Fanatical User’ – i.e. he’s not even close to being one of the worst “Bad Characters” in the world of Linux…