Weblog entry #207 for ajt
I read mainstream media as well as IT specific media. In the IT media there are plenty of Mac, Windows and Linux users and while there are always a few fruit-cakes on the extreme most people seem to be able to comment in a civilised way.
Recently I've read a few articles in the mainstream press regarding IT issues that I care about. While I expected there to be some Mac/Windows banter I was surprised by the level of ignorance and vitriol directed at Linux and open source software by the Windows Pros on these sites.
It seems that every Windows user once installed Linux, hated the configuration files, couldn't get some piece of hardware installed and is now a fully qualified expert who can categorically declare that Windows is far superior and Linux will never be good for anything because it's too complicated. The fact it may be more than a decade since they tried Linux and they are clearly not comparing like with like they viciously attack any Linux user who suggests that a desktop friendly distro like Mint may be a better solution for Grandma than Windows...
That's even before they start to trot out the old FUD about only Windows has viruses because it's popular or new FUD that only Windows XP has viruses as it's all fixed in 7/8...
I said it a long time ago and I'll say it again, you can't fairly compare something you know a lot about and something you know almost nothing about. Pointing this out to people doesn't go down very well either. I also maintain that anyone can use a computer, but surprisingly few can actually set them up properly...
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