What if everybody used Linux?

Here’s why it would be bad (click the image to see the cartoon):


  1. #1 Charles Sullivan
    December 29, 2010

    I became cool unwittingly. A few years ago my computer died, and I needed another computer asap. I didn’t have much money at the time. I went to Free Geek here and Portland. I bought a decent used computer for a cheep price that used Ubuntu. It took a little while to get used to it (but not much), and now I’d never go back to Microsoft.

    In fact, later I bought another cheap backup computer loaded with Ubuntu as well.

  2. #2 Warren
    December 29, 2010

    Woulda been funnier if the girl’s name was “Perl”.

  3. #3 Azkyroth
    December 29, 2010

    I just had the weird thought that this might be relevant to the fratricidal(/sororicidal?) tendencies of some “feminist” bloggers.

  4. #4 rob
    December 29, 2010

    reminds me of the Yogi Berra quote:

    “Nobody goes there anymore. It’s too crowded.”

    @Warren: i thought “perl” too.

  5. #5 Greg Laden
    December 29, 2010

    I assumed it was “perl” and they were being one order of subtle.

  6. #6 D. C. Sessions
    December 29, 2010

    Play on words, maybe. However, Sid’s little girl was a college grad with a fair bit of workplace experience in 2008 and Larry Wall brought the Perilously Eclectic Rubbish Lister into the world in 1987. Do the numbers.

    Iliad is pretty good with details like that.

  7. #7 gruebait
    December 29, 2010

    There is also a Ruby character in User Friendly.

  8. #8 MadScientist
    December 29, 2010

    @gruebait: Is Ruby an off-the-rails sort of character?

    I’ve seen Linux on an awful lot of el-cheapo computers which run Winduhs. The machines appear to boot from flash memory and offer you a choice of an instant connection to the internet or booting Winduhs. I wish I could avoid Winduhs but I have to deal with too many people who use nothing but that.

  9. #9 gruebait
    December 29, 2010

    My most recent “just in case” computer was acquired from the dumpster where my neighbor laid it to rest. (Perfectly good hardware, totally borked Windoz. Runs just fine on Ubuntu.) That’s el-cheapo.

    Thankfully, I haven’t needed anything Microsoft-ish since I retired, and I can plead incompetence when relatives need their windoz machines healed 🙂

  10. #10 Greg Laden
    December 29, 2010

    Almost no one I interact with in a documenty way uses Linux. Most use Windows or a Mac. My using Linux does not hamper them, me, or the interchange of information or documents.

    In this sort of situation it is helpful to use OpenOffice and to set saving files in Word format as the default.

  11. #11 atheismisdead
    December 29, 2010

    we’re this far from nuking all of you….

    the X-MAS vacuum cleaner for the atheists….

    shermer, randi, myers, pz, dawkins, harris



    why does everyone always want to PUNCH you, shermer?


    take your meds, you little fckers…


    now we are going to bury you…

    And the lesson from all of this? DOUBLE!

    What do you want, you little ****ers?

    more of these idiots






  12. #12 Chris
    December 29, 2010

    What does this have to do with Linux?

  13. #13 Birger Johansson
    December 30, 2010

    Comment 11 looks like mabus. Don’t feed the troll.

    — — — —
    Personally, I avoid Linux; I like well-functioning computers, but I do not want them to actually evolve sentience when I am nearby.

  14. #14 Greg Laden
    December 30, 2010

    You don’t avoid Linux. You use it all the time. You are using it now as you read this web site.

  15. #15 Joel
    December 30, 2010

    I like Linux, especially Ubuntu and I use it on my personal computer. For work, it’s all Microsoft though, all our business apps require it.

  16. #16 Rorschach
    December 31, 2010

    Maddening that Linux is still not granny-ready in 2010/11. Took me hours of studying the forums to figure out how to get SATA 3 disks to work.

  17. #17 Greg Laden
    December 31, 2010

    Rorschach: Listen to yourself. Grandma does not install SATA disks. Grandma uses the computer with the OS it came with and the hardware it came with.

    It happens I was just starting a post on Linux and grandma readiness, I may use your comment as a reference point!