Apologises for the title but some people are of the opinion that because Ubuntu is the most well known linux distribution on the market then they must be slammed for stealing all the limelight.
I was browsing the net yesterday when I came across an article on www.linuxtoday.com which caught my eye. It was about Ubuntu and its users getting ridiculed for basically using Ubuntu and I thought here we go again. You see us Linux users can be a fickle bunch. If someone is seen as not using Linux in the same way that we do then they are wrong by default. What a load of rubbish and below I shall explain why.
The basis of the Ubuntu bashing can be shortened down to:
1. People think Ubuntu is Linux
2. Ubuntu does not do enough to support the linux kernel or gnome
3. You very rarely have to to use the command line in Ubuntu
So lets take these one at a time. First off Ubuntu has put a lot of effort and money into marketing Linux and has raised the publics perception of Linux as a result. Some people might think Linux is Ubuntu but you can’t blame the distribution or its users for that. Without Ubuntu people would still think that Linux is only suitable for super geeks and not for the average Joe. They should be praised not slammed.
The next point. Ubuntu does not do enough to support the linux kernel or the Gnome desktop. So what? All the linux code is published under the GPL and no where does it state that you have to particpate in writing code in the first place. This is the fundemental principle of open source. Anyone can use the code as long as they publish their own code at the end. There are hundreds of Linux Distributions on the market at the moment and I would bet my house that they don’t all share equal responsiblity for maintaining code for the kernel, gnome or any other software for that matter.
On to the command line. Like I said in my last blog you don’t have to use the command line if you don’t want to. For everyday stuff you can just use the graphical user interface (GUI) instead. Can someone please tell me why this is wrong? I would consider myself and intermediate linux user (CompTIA Linux + qualification) and there are times when I would rather use a GUI than try to remember all the commands for the terminal. If you want to fully understand Linux then yes you need to learn the command line but the average user will not care. They just want to word process, browse the net and maybe do some printing. We need to lose this elitist attitude. We all use Linux. It is designed so that users can use it in whatever way they choose. It is this freedom of choice that is the foundation of what using open source is all about.
I don’t use Ubuntu I use Linux Mint 12 instead. Freedom to chose, isn’t it wonderful.
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