Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 15th Jan 2009 23:20 UTC, submitted by poundsmack
In the News There's a story making its rounds across the 'net about a woman who missed several online classes, and failed her semester, and she claims this happened because she bought a Dell laptop with Ubuntu on it - instead of Windows. She didn't know what Ubuntu was, and was surprised to see that her Windows software, such as Microsoft Office, didn't work. While this isolated case sounds a bit ridiculous, there is still a bigger problem here.
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What disgusts me...
by darknexus on Sun 18th Jan 2009 09:26 UTC
darknexus
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2008-07-15

is the response to this story by the Ubuntu fanboys. Honestly, I think most of them have surpassed the Mac fanboys in zeal and hate. Come to think of it, I don't see many hateful Mac fans--smug, perhaps, but not hate filled like some of the responses this girl got. I don't mean to say all Ubuntu users are fanboys or fangirls (I use the term fanboy or fangirl as an insult), but I suppose I shouldn't be surprised. I'm not demeaning Ubuntu--I use it, along with OpenSUSE, OpenBSD, Arch, OS X, and Windows--but I don't understand what about it has attracted these twelve-year-old idiots that flame someone because she wasn't familiar with it. This is hardly an isolated case, but probably the most well-publicized one at the moment
I agree that this probably wasn't handled correctly, and there may have been more behind getting TV publicity. I'm not in a position to say that, however, and simply suspecting isn't the same as prooving.
More harm has been done to the image of Linux in general, and Ubuntu in particular, by this story. But the reporters weren't the cause. The young lady isn't the cause. Fanboys, STFU! You are doing more harm and not a bit of good, and giving Ubuntu the negative image you are trying to avoid. You won't increase mainstream acceptance of Linux by acting like a bunch of spoiled, hateful brats screaming that life's not fair.
Ok, I'm done now.

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RE: What disgusts me...
by perspectoff on Sun 18th Jan 2009 15:30 in reply to "What disgusts me..."
perspectoff Member since:
2008-11-06

If she had said the same thing about Mac OS X, you would have seen the Mac fanbois do the same thing. Or Red Beanie Linux, or Suffering Succotash Linux, or whatever.

You're just jealous because Ubuntu was on her Dell, not Suse.

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RE: What disgusts me...
by zelrik on Sun 18th Jan 2009 15:55 in reply to "What disgusts me..."
zelrik Member since:
2008-02-16

I am not worried about the image of ubuntu. Even bad publicity is good publicity. Look at MS and all the haters behind them, still 90% share.

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