Why do Windows journalists have to trash Linux?

Today in Open Source: A Windows user bashes Linux. Plus: Linux as a gaming platform, and a review of Korora 20

Why do journalists bash Linux?

ZDNet has a very negative take on Linux by a writer touting Windows 8 instead.

Reason #1: As soon as you mention one distro, all the fanboys go insane claiming you've made the wrong choice.

Reason #2: For all of us who have lives, there's Windows.

Reason #3: The aggressively nutball Linux community

Reason #4: Linux doesn't run many serious production applications

Reason #5: Windows is just nicer

Without a doubt, Windows is simply a more pleasant, peaceful operating system than Linux.

That's really what it's all about. Windows is far more compatible, far more accepted, far more understood, and it works. By contrast, Linux is populated by a subculture of immaturity and pseudo-rebellion that's neither welcoming to newcomers or pleasant to professionals interested more in productivity than proletarian pronouncements.

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What is it these days with all of the Linux-bashing articles that are being written by various people? It reminds me of a column I wrote a while back for Eye On Linux called "Desktop Linux: The Presstitutes Strike Again!"

Trashing Linux seems to be a very nasty trend though I can't understand why people bother to keep doing it. It's as if they can't think of anything else to write about, so they crank out yet another lame "Linux sucks!" article in a pathetic attempt to generate some page views.

I have no problem with somebody who prefers Windows or OS X to Linux. That's the beauty of having choices, each user gets to make up his or her own mind as to which operating system they use. Nobody should be forced to use something they don't like, and that doesn't meet their needs.

This concept seems to escape some people as they regard the very existence of Linux as a threat or an insult. So they have to run it down, over and over again. That attitude has never made sense to me since it's such a waste of energy and time.


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Let me take each of his points one at a time:

Reason #1: As soon as you mention one distro, all the fanboys go insane claiming you've made the wrong choice.

The writer goes out of his way to damn Linux with faint praise as long as it's "well-hidden" but he also seems to make it a point to insult Linux users for being passionate about their choices.

Oddly, he doesn't mention the Windows users who are more or less the same way about their own preferred operating system (including himself). There are plenty of fanboy types for each operating system, that's just par for the course when it comes to technology and Windows certainly isn't immune to that.

Reason #2: For all of us who have lives, there's Windows.

This point is just flat out silly. Is anybody arguing that Windows just works all the time, with no problems ever? Take a look at some of the Windows support forums and you'll see plenty of people having one kind of problem or the other.

No operating system is immune to having problems, not even OS X. And Macs are generally regarded as some of the easier computers for people to use. Ironically enough, there are a lot of Mac users who feel the same way about Windows as the writer feels about Linux. They regard it as too troublesome to bother using as their operating system.

Reason #3: The aggressively nutball Linux community

In this point the author finally concedes that some Windows fanboys "aren't exactly well-behaved." I chuckled when I read this, talk about an understatement.

I'm sorry that he got some unpleasant emails when his server crashed, but that hardly justifies calling the Linux community "aggressively nutball." As I noted above, there are plenty of fanboy types using Windows, Linux and OS X.

Reason #4: Linux doesn't run many serious production applications

There may or may not be an exact Linux equivalent to all of the applications that the author uses, but that doesn't mean there aren't production applications available that other users might need. Linux has thousands and thousands of different applications available for many different purposes.

Not to mention the fact that you could simply run Windows in VirtualBox if you really needed access to the applications listed by the author. And some folks have also had success in running many Windows applications via Crossover for Linux or by using Wine.

Reason #5: Windows is just nicer

Personally, I find Windows 8 to be hideously ugly and I would never customize a Linux desktop to look anything like it...EVER. And I don't know too many Linux users who have any interest whatsoever in making their systems look like any version of Windows.

However, there are folks out there who might like the way Windows 8 looks. More power to them if it's meeting their needs. It's great that we can all choose what we want to use on our computers. That is exactly how it should be for all users.

It's definitely rather sad to see writers like this bashing Linux yet again. Would it be so hard for these folks to just make their own choices and then let others make theirs without all the vitriol and venom?

I wish all of the fanboy hater types - including journalists who should know better - would simply learn to live and let live. The world of technology would be a better place if they did.

Linux as a gaming platform

TechRadar has an upbeat look at Linux as a platform for gaming.

For years Linux was perceived as the reserve of the truly geeky. The system admin, programmers and developers of the world kept the secrets of the streamlined OS to themselves, and the wider public for whatever reason has never really become excited about an open-source system to rival Windows.

In recent years, Linux has gained ground in a different form as the underpinnings of choice for a huge variety of gaming systems.

This stealth attack comes in the form of Android smartphones, Valve's Steam OS, Kickstarted consoles such as the Ouya and even the PlayStation in its fourth iteration.

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We're living in exciting times when it comes to Linux and gaming. There's just so much going on right now that it's hard to keep up with all of it. SteamOS in particular has garnered an enormous amount of media coverage, and should take Linux gaming to new heights when it's finally available on various Steam Machines. These are great times for Linux gamers for sure.

Korora 20 review

DistroWatch has a look at Korora 20.

Still, most of my time with Korora proved to be a pleasant experience. The distribution's MATE edition is stable, it performs fairly well and it comes with a lot of useful software out of the box. The distribution stays pretty close to the cutting edge and appears to do so without a loss of stability, at least not in the underlying operating system.

Typically my biggest complaint that comes from using Fedora is it takes a while to set up the Fedora distribution as a full featured desktop system. With Korora that work is done for us and it means we can perform an installation and get straight to working or playing without pausing to set up additional repositories and adding codecs, Flash and other items. In that sense Korora is certainly a success as it takes the general purpose base of Fedora and turns it into a cutting edge desktop operating system.

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I haven't used Korora 20, but it sounds like a great option for Linux users that want the benefits of Fedora without having to take the time to tweak it out for the desktop. For some reason it reminds of Linux Mint in the sense that it seems to offer a highly optimized desktop experience right from the start. Fedora users should definitely give it a look in VirtualBox to see if it might be a better choice for them than Fedora itself.

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