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NewsForge: Linux people don't need to be protected

Feb 28, 2001, 15:14 (24 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Tina Gasperson)

"In most families, it goes something like this: kids think mom is a dork. Kids slander mom behind her back. Neighbor says something derogatory about kids' mom. Kids beat the crap out of neighbor. It's a well-known fact: we can talk about our moms, but you better not. Sound like anyone we know?"

"It's logical, but stupid, that the most vocal supporters of Linux follow this model. We can complain about Linux, but when the neighbor kid has a bad experience and mentions it, he's: A) a complete moron; B) a Microsoft shill; C) a troll; or D) all of the above. Not only that, but if he ever comes face to face with a Linux constituent, he'll probably get his eyes poked out."

"Are Linux people really babies that need to be protected from bad stuff? Are they really only ready for yummy pabulum spoon-fed to them from scouts and thought police? No. Linux people are smart, supposedly. We should credit them with enough intelligence to read, examine, digest, consider, and harvest from all the different points of view that exist in our wide world."

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