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Linux "Where is Linux the most popular, and where are the different Linux distributions the most popular?". Pingdom has taken a stab at answering this question using the Google Insights for Search. Read on for our observations on the results.
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RE[3]: Remember folks
by google_ninja on Sun 24th Aug 2008 06:56 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Remember folks"
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Of course Mr Alpha Male, chest better - real men don't eat quiche

I swear kaiwai, you are hands down my favorite mac zealot on the web ;)

I was listening to the stack overflow (joel spolsky and jeff atwood) podcast the other day, and joel brought up cognative dissonence ( as a reason for peoples knee jerk reaction about tech stuff.

I used to be a Linux zealot, and I remember thinking all that same crap about free software being inherently better. I recently switched my dev machine over to ubuntu, since I virtualized my dev environments and the OS the host is running is pretty irrelevant. To be polite, I'll just say that I find it hard to believe that I ever thought the things I thought about free software.

If someone is experiencing any sort of pain due to their computer platform, they have a choice. Either you can believe you have wasted a part of your life which you will never get back on something that is really not worth the effort, or you can believe that the befits you are getting are actually worth the pain. Since the latter doesn't require you to admit you made a pretty dumb mistake, most people go for that, since typically people don't like admitting to themselves they are stupid.

Next weekend I am switching back to vista, because the bizarre bugs, all around instability, and poor performance that I experienced when pushing ubuntu even a bit past normal usage are driving me bananas. But I know if I had been doing this a few years ago, I would have rationalized all of those problems away because open code is the fairy dust that makes things secure, and morally correct, and while I was experiencing these problems NOW, surely they will get fixed if I hang in just a little longer.

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