Share your knowledge at the LQ Wiki.
Go Back > Forums > Linux Forums > Linux - General
User Name
Linux - General This Linux forum is for general Linux questions and discussion.
If it is Linux Related and doesn't seem to fit in any other forum then this is the place.


  Search this Thread
Old 08-13-2007, 10:23 AM   #1
Simon Bridge
LQ Guru
Registered: Oct 2003
Location: Waiheke NZ
Distribution: Ubuntu
Posts: 9,211

Rep: Reputation: 198Reputation: 198
Linux (+OSS/FS) Advocacy Suggestion: "shut up"?

Been zoning out on youtube and ran across those mac commercial spoofs everyone but me knows about right...
... yes, it's a joke but this is really how those mainstream guys see us. The one about e-mail makes a point too.

We like to rave on about how great linux is.

But imagine you've just spent all day hunting down a product, find it, and part with important parts of your anatomy to possess it... then you get home and someone tells you that you could have got it for a couple of bucks down the street, but you don't need it anyway because there's something that does the same thing and does the ironing for free...?

Don't you feel like decking the guy?

Being true only makes you feel worse!

We really need to be considered more like this:
... or this:

(I like the second one for the small dig about how "PC" and "Mac" are not OS's...)

Here we just cruise around being competent and the others come to us. The time to sell is when someone is actually buying. When they are interested.

I remember using my Ubuntu lappy in a cafe... people would ask me how I got the desktop to look like that. Not often, but often enough that I ended up carrying a couple of CD's in my bag.

Even better - have you seen Bruce Schneier's blog? Of course you have...

The articles, essays, etc. are full of open source endorsements of a kind we don't normally see. Non-political, in a reasoned tone.

Perhaps we need to calm down and STFU?
Old 08-14-2007, 12:04 PM   #2
LQ Guru
Registered: Nov 2004
Location: San Jose, CA
Distribution: Ubuntu
Posts: 8,507

Rep: Reputation: 124Reputation: 124
I'll agree that we do need to be less annoying (less invasive) about our advocacy, but it is important that people know they have a choice. They should know they are not trapped into one insecure environment.


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
how to avoid "your system appears to have shut down uncleanly" ? xpucto Linux - Newbie 10 08-03-2006 02:23 PM
Suggestion: for "subscribed threads" & "top of page" buttons Old_Fogie LQ Suggestions & Feedback 7 07-10-2006 06:10 PM
Suggestion: Change "my posts" button to "my posts by thread" PTrenholme LQ Suggestions & Feedback 5 03-10-2006 07:49 AM
error partioning hard drive "Windows did not shut down completely" emissary Linux - Laptop and Netbook 3 12-25-2005 02:43 PM
Judge finally tells SCO to "put up or shut up" Capt_Caveman General 5 12-07-2003 11:09 AM > Forums > Linux Forums > Linux - General

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 09:04 PM.

Main Menu
Write for LQ is looking for people interested in writing Editorials, Articles, Reviews, and more. If you'd like to contribute content, let us know.
Main Menu
RSS1  Latest Threads
RSS1  LQ News
Twitter: @linuxquestions
Facebook: linuxquestions Google+: linuxquestions
Open Source Consulting | Domain Registration