Nine Current Flame Wars in Open Source
Feb 16, 2011, 19:03 (1 Talkback[s])
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"Whatever else you can say about the personal computer,
the Internet, and social media, all of them have greatly increased
our ability to argue with each other. In the last three decades,
flame wars have become the norm, with some, like the Mac vs.
Windows shouting match becoming part of popular culture long after
the original distinctions ceased to be relevant.
"However, no part of computing ignites flame wars like free and
open source software (FOSS) and the Linux community. The
intelligence and multiple interests of the community -- to say
nothing of the frenetic pace of development compared to the rest of
the IT world -- make disagreements inevitable, and the general
outspokenness guarantees that many disagreements will run wild and
become flame wars.
"The number of flame wars at any one time is impossible to
count. However, here are nine of the hottest arguments in FOSS at
"1) Ubuntu vs. Everybody
"As one (if not the) most popular and influential distributions,
Ubuntu is a magnet for criticism -- some valid, some less so."