A Slight Rant…


Hey everyone,

It’s been a while since I posted here, and I do apologize for that. I’ve been busy with other projects and haven’t taken the time to prioritize–but I am doing that over the next couple of weeks (New Years Resolutions, anyone?)

There’s been a lot of things happening in the IT world recently, and I’ll touch on those in future posts.

This post is actually a slight rant which is aimed at the Open Source crowd. I say slight, because I’m an avid supporter and user of Open Source.

Here’s the rant….

There are three groups of attitudes: Pro Microsoft, Pro Apple, and Pro Open Source/Linux. The Pro Microsoft group tends to slam anything Apple or Open Source related. The Pro Apple group tends to slam anything Microsoft related, and treat the Pro Open Source/Linux group as their little sibling. In a lot of sites, the Pro Open Source/Linux group slam everything Microsoft or Apple related.

This is the problem… In some places (for example the Ubuntu Code Of Conduct) you’re supposed to treat everyone fairly and kindly. However, it seems like that doesn’t apply when it comes to Microsoft or Apple (mainly Microsoft). People who use Microsoft or Apple products, and look at Open Source or Linux will see these attitudes as childish. That may turn them off to the virtues of it.

Now, some people may say “Well, we don’t want them then.” Or they’ll say “It’s their loss.” The reality is that it’s OUR loss. And, we do want them. We want them to have a choice. Whether they choose to stay with Microsoft, Apple, or closed source (proprietary); or they come over to Linux and Open Source, the CHOICE is what matters. Microsoft and Apple don’t want users to make that choice–they want them to stay with their products and keep their profits up.

The short of this is that We (Open Source Advocates) need to be above the childish attitudes. We need to show the users why the choice is important, and why our preferred software/operating systems are better. But we need to do it professionally, so the users will give us a fair shake… After all, the Proprietary group uses childish tactics like FUD to keep users. We shouldn’t sink to their level.

Have a great day:)
Patrick.

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