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Linux users misunderstood by their own families

Posted 12-13-2008 at 02:03 PM by phantom_cyph

As Linux users, it seems we are oppressed by the mind control Microsoft seems to have over people. Many users, including myself, are misunderstood by those in their own family and see their love for Linux as being some sort of unhealthy obsession. I may be obsessed with Linux, but I personally think that is better than being close-minded to other alternatives because of Microsoft's control over the general public's brain waves.

Most people don't seem to understand the pride and freedom that comes with a person's first Linux install. It is really like being unplugged from the Matrix, because everyone still in the Matrix looks out and sees you as being stupid and ignorant. Like Jesus's sermon on the mount, we may have a sliver of wood in our own eyes, but Microsoft has successfully given everyone wooden eyes painted with their logo. Even as I write this I wonder if I could be sued for speaking out like so many others. You can be assured that most Judges, jury members, and plaintiffs use Windows at home and that the high payed lawyers of Microsoft would use this influence to their advantage.

I live in America, where the government grants me freedom of speech about anything, except Microsoft. How many times have you heard on the All Powerful Media about the times people have been sued by Microsoft because they did something that didn't follow their borg-like policies?

Why is it that our families can't see the problem? Personally, my father is computer literate enough to start the computer but gets lost (in WinXP) at the "All Programs" menu item in the Start Menu. Yet even he thinks my "obsession" with Linux is wrong, despite the fact that he has no idea what the difference is. How can you compare two different things against each other and build one up when you don't know anything about either? My mother last took a computer class when 16 kilobytes of RAM was a lot and doesn't really understand the difference either. My only sister, a straight-A student thinks that I am stupid for using Linux and should switch back to Windows like everyone else immediately. She added that Linux "isn't capable of anything anyway". My response? "You can insult me, my computer, and even my hat, but do NOT insult Linux". (she thought I was even more retarded after that statement)

If it were simply some random "product" I would probably have gone back to Microsoft's plug by now. If not for the Linux community, as shown here at LQ, I would be back in the Matrix, looking at other people, smarter than me, with wooden eyeballs stamped with the M$ logo.

I just wrote this blog out of frustration and as a response to the recent article about the ignorant brain-washed teacher that insulted the HeliOS developer, and to encourage other users that possibly have a family that looks at them the same way mine does.

(in other words, I'm blowing off steam)

PM me if you feel like it. Hope this helps other people that feel like I do.
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    Most people don't seem to understand the pride and freedom that comes with a person's first Linux install.
    Amen Cypher.
    Posted 12-14-2008 at 12:55 AM by rokytnji rokytnji is offline
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    Wow...I hadn't thought of it like that before, but I'll never forget the feeling I had when I booted up into RedHat after my first install. It was like having someone turn the light up brighter in a dark room...I wasn't aware it was dark before, but suddenly I am VERY aware. Good point.

    As for family, all you can do is respect their choices and ask for the same in return.
    Posted 04-04-2011 at 10:31 AM by rocket357 rocket357 is offline
    Updated 04-04-2011 at 10:34 AM by rocket357


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