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LinuxPlanet: The StartX Files: Real Live Trolling

Jul 09, 2001, 15:53 (38 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Brian Proffitt)

Brian Proffitt files a report from the OS Wars front as experienced on the South Shore rail headed into Chicago. His unfortunate experiences with a pair of would-be advocates show there are still some people out there doing more harm than good when it comes to promoting Linux:

"The voices behind me on the train were annoying, to say the least. They had started their whispering as soon as they'd boarded the train and seen me working on my wife's laptop, which I was consigned to use on my trip to Chicago last week.

This laptop, which has served the family in good stead for about a year now, is-by my wife's unilateral decision-declared to be Linux free. Being that I love and respect my wife (which is husband code-speak for I don't want to get into it with her) I have honored her request and left Windows on this machine. Normally, this does not affect me, but when the screen on my Linux laptop decides to take a powder the night before I am to leave on an unscheduled trip, it sort of rears its ugly head.

Left with a ton of writing to do, I faced the choice of blowing off my entire work schedule (definitely preferred) or doing my work on the Windows laptop. Guess which one I picked.

So, I'm sitting there, typing away on a writing assignment and wondering how I will get the Applix Words review done, when these two yahoos behind me start speaking derisively (in not so low tones) of the laptop I am working on. My wife, sitting next to me, sees my ears turning pink and urges me not to say anything to them."

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