Sunday, May 31, 2009

Peace, Love and Linux

The Linux community is very diverse and fragmented and therefore there is a lot of bickering going on. If you are using a different distribution or software, someone might not like you. Check out any Linux blog or forum, and you will see Linux people going at it, arguing, bickering and being rude to each other. Don't get me wrong, there are a lot of nice people in the Linux community. But this article is focusing on the individuals who are not tolerant of other Linux users for whatever reason. Since Linux is so diverse and fragmented, we need to have a philosophy of tolerance for one another. Linux will not make it to the masses if we continue to bash each other. It looks unprofessional and turns people off from the Linux community. Newcomers are the most vulnerable because they are unaware that there are so many different opinions on Linux and also because many people are rude to new Linux converts. I am aware that majority of Linux community members are nice but there are lots of people who do not know how to debate respectably. They are rude, mean and intolerant. This is a huge turnoff for a lot of people.

We are all working for one cause which is to make the Linux project work and flourish. Lets put aside our differences and be more tolerant of each other. We can debate topics and issues in a more civilized manner. Constructive critisism is great as long as you are not being rude. Lets stick to a philosophy of Peace, Love and Linux.

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