Linux flame bait

Having recently being on the receiving end of a particularly nasty piece of unprovoked and downright abusive flaming on the #perl IRC channel, I decided another spoof book cover would be cathartic, so here it is.

Before I get even more flames directed at me, let me quite clearly state that I have nothing against Linux, it is very good at what it does, and is all the more remarkable for being developed by a large cooperative group of altruistic people.

However what I can't abide are the clueless individuals who seem to have adopted Linux as some sort of surrogate religion. It seems to me that the most vocal of these misguided bigots have often never contributed anything to any open-source project. They are quite happy to take advantage of the work contributed by others without giving back anything to the community - but then again, most of them probably don't even have the ability to contribute in a constructive way anyway.

I've observed that these people generally seem to have a common set of dogmas:

  • Nothing existed before Linux.
  • Everything of any importance was invented by Linux.
  • Everything that is not Linux is Evil.
  • There is a global conspiracy which is striving to destroy Linux.
  • Anyone who actually earns their living writing software is a pawn of an Evil Empire.
  • World domination and the destruction of the Evil Empires is the destiny of Linux.

In the real world these people would be prime candidates for psychiatric treatment, but in the alternate reality that these people exist in, this behaviour is considered to be "normal".

As I said, I have no gripe about "Linux the OS", just "Linux the religion".

There, that's my little rant over - I feel much better :-)

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