Happiness of Linux... Taken Away?
It doesn't seem so long ago that I've removed Windows, but it actually is. It's been about 7-9 months now and I've almost forgotten about Windows. If it wasn't for school, I probably would've.
It angers, and annoys me a great deal when my Microsoft-obsessed friends say that Linux is crap, and it can't do anything properly and it's so complicated for no reason. I mean, even when I was a Windows-user, I didn't think of it like that. They even admit that Windows is only powered by money which gave me satisfaction to shove that back in their faces. It makes me laugh when they call my PuTTY console MS-DOS and it makes me jump for joy when they complain about errors.
A funny thing I've noticed is that.. it doesn't bother me anymore when I find something I used to do under Windows is not currently possible in Linux. The somewhat 'peer-pressure' I receive from my peers also does not affect me any longer. The more that they tell me that it doesn't work and that it's unsupported, the more I bug them about their frustrations and annoyances. Push comes to shove, instead of defending Linux, I'm using it as offense.
I also receive weird answers when I talk about my accomplishments under Linux to them. An example would be: spyro_boy: "Cool! I got dual monitors at home! It rocks!"; some_windows_fan: "Oh. So? Who needs dual monitors?";
Really? I don't think I've ever met anyone who said that dual monitors were useless. Even non-geeks would want dual monitors just to have something 'cooler'-looking.
The thing that it all comes down to as per reasoning is that they're lazy as hell. I've had them admit it. I've also had them admit that Windows is all about money rather your enjoyment. I've also had them admit that Linux is superior, but the mystery still lies in the dark: Why do they continue to use this product that causes them so much cost and annoyance? I can't really put my finger on it, but it usually leads to games, useless programs, and a lack of energy and enthusiasm for the greater common good.
Symptoms like this are caused by products produced by mega-corporations like Microsoft. Both of Microsoft's franchises X-Box, and Windows have cause the narrow mindedness in people. So narrow that something like 'Trusted Computing' or 'Treacherous Computing' as Richard Stallman refers to it can be a reality. A scary reality indeed. Trusted Computing is a systematic, government controlled series of computers and software which gives them absolute control over everything you do and how you do it. A great article on this is located here http://www.gnu.org/philosophy/can-you-trust.html written by Richard Stallman. In this article, he shows the downfalls for both GNU/Linux and a morally correct world when and if this sort of 'Treacherous computing' comes into play. Even though this 'Treacherous Computing' has been rejected once, posted TODAY at PolishLinux.Org an article that already a few countries have made it illegal to listen to your DRM-bought music in your favorite GNU/Linux media player. This article can be found here: http://polishlinux.org/gnu/drm-vista-and-your-rights/ . That is completely absurdity you might say, but oh-it's real alright. If we don't take action for our freedoms, they'll most likely be taken away.
Funny thing is.. both our freedom as GNU/Linux community and the DRM-user community will have their freedoms taken away. Except one at a higher cost than the other.
Trusted Computing Wiki: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trusted_computing
Check that Wikipedia article and its many links at the bottom of the Wikipedia article.
I don't have any final words on this. It's just difficult to understand that our freedoms can be interupted so abruptly and inexcusably.