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No longer linking to linux-blog.org

Date/Time Permalink: 04/22/06 04:13:33 pm
Category: General

I've seen plenty of geek-and-Linux bashing before on it, and this post fed me up.

I'm tired of being everybody's n*gg*r just because I've read a book and written a program and worked to improve myself in my time. All over the stupidest kind of NOTHING: BSD has a command-line. Open Solaris has a command-line. plan9 has a command-line. ReactOS has a command-line. Even the dreaded Windows has DOS, still, after all these years. In point of fact, this site, recently dugg on Digg.com, goes into detail about the command line in Windows XP... and here people are praising it!!! Why??? Because Windows did it, not Linux. Where's all the hatred on Microsoft for keeping DOS around??? HUH? WHERE??? There is nothing special about Linux having a command line at all.

I consider a system lacking sufficient command-line resources to not even be fit for a pig to use, and for that I put up with way too much abuse. Every single solitary byte of software ever used by anybody in the world was typed in on a keyboard, by somebody using some kind of command line in some form or another. (Yes, even IDEs, glitzy as they may be, when it's time to compile the code, there's the box for you to type in what libraries you want, etc. It's just a command line called by a different name.) If you have issues with the command line and the evils thereof, my suggestion is to never touch a computer again, because that's the only way you avoid it.

Most especially Linux. Coming to Linux and complaining about the command line is like coming to Las Vegas and complaining about the casinos.

As for "Yet Another Linux Blog", I have one word to name you: "Hypocrite".

UPDATE: Time has passed since this post, and I let things sit. Then linux-blog.org's author came by to throw a snit. Soon afterwards, another person who "boosts" Linux by never having a single positive word to say, ever, name of Helios, came by to stick his nose in. So now that I'm getting challenged about it:

Here. This is a link to "Windows Power Shell". A Microsoft product. It is selling. People are buying it. It is making money. What does the link say about the "Windows Power Shell"?

"Microsoft Windows PowerShell command line shell and scripting language helps IT Professionals achieve greater productivity. Using a new admin-focused scripting language, more than 130 standard command line tools, and consistent syntax and utilities, Windows PowerShell allows IT Professionals to more easily control system administration and accelerate automation. Windows PowerShell is easy to adopt, learn, and use, because it works with your existing IT infrastructure and existing script investments, and because it runs on Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows Server 2003 and Windows Server “Longhorn”. Exchange Server 2007, System Center Operations Manager 2007, System Center Data Protection Manager V2, and System Center Virtual Machine Manager leverage Windows PowerShell to improve efficiency and productivity."

Oh, look look! If Linux has a command line: BAD, BAD ELITIST EGGHEAD GEEKS WHO RUIN LINUX! If Microsoft has a command line, it's "EASY TO ADOPT, LEARN, AND USE". Folks, how is it that these hypocrites who rip Linux a new cornhole for not being a Fischer Price toy all in the name of being "pro-Linux" get away with this pure BULLSHIT right before your eyes? Search Google for the quoted phrase: "Linux will never make it on the desktop" Does a SINGLE DAY pass on the Internet without this line being posted? Yet you all fall for it again and again.

If we shrinkwrapped Bash and sold it, it would fly off the shelves. Try it yourself, new Linux users. Give yourself a chance. You have 100,000 voices telling you that you're too stupid. I'm telling you that you're smarter than you know.

I didn't start out a geek. I made me one.

I, too, had to cram books and struggle to understand and suffer setbacks and wander into chats asking questions.

All you have to do is give yourself a chance.


UPDATE 12/06/06: For those of you who get a voyeuristic thrill out of a good blog-war, 'devnet' the author in question posted a rant against this post on his site, which together with his comments (since he had such an issue with it on this blog, I posted this time on his dime instead), dug him in ten miles deeper than if he'd kept his big mouth shut.

Among other things, he denies bashing geeks while saying that Linux documentation is "as friendly as an axe murderer at a hardware store.", denied slurring the geek community with the elitist label applied as an insult while his seventh most popular post in his archives is titled "mv elitism /dev/null", and at different places on his site claims both Slackware and Mandriva as his first Linux experience. He also says he had military training, which makes me want to round up some veteran friends and get him in the room with them, to see how long he could go on shooting off his bullshit before he'd get his ass kicked. I'd time it about five minutes.

Have you ever had your doubts about someone, voiced them, and in the ensuing debate discover that far beyond being merely wrong, the person was barking mad as well? That's what's happened here. I don't think he's bad so much as broken, and put it exactly that way. But since there's nothing I can do about it, I posted to the effect of telling his to eat chain, and we'll just have to have our differences and leave each other alone forthwith. God knows, I have better things to do.

For the record: There is another blog, named "Yet Another Linux Blog" (at yalb.net), which has nothing to do with all this. This site hosts a very good blog by a very good geek who sounds nothing like devnet. In fact, this is probably the site I deemed worthy of linking in the first place, and I probably got my URLs crossed to end up with devnet's rip-off. So I will correct my error and now link to the REAL "Yet Another Linux Blog".

The one I'm railing against is hosted at 'linux-blog.org', is *called* "Yet Another Linux Blog", and as close as I can figure it has been the original source of at least 50% of the anti-geek, anti-Linux, anti-learning flamage that I've seen on the Internet for the past two years. Next time you have somebody cussing you out for practicing your honorable hacker ethics as you have been taught, ask them if they got that from devnet. Same goes for the idea that having a command line is a defect, that Linux fans are keeping new users out, that Linux isn't ready for the desktop, is a failure, etc. etc. etc. Every anti-geek flame I've read this century, I've found the original source there.

I'm sorry that it has to be this way. I wish it were different. But man, if there was ever somebody worth coming out against for the sake of differentiating myself from them, this was the right one to choose.

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