Original article by Perro, published in Spanish on the site http://paraisolinux.com/
Since I use Linux for several years now I’ve found Linux users of all kinds, having a blog has helped me to identify many types of Linux users. But of all the guys there are some that are very annoying and I will try to classify them.
I promise that this post is angering some who feel identified. 😛
Anti windows : While the vast majority of Linux users know which are the advantages of Linux vs. Windows, there are those who exaggerate. Not only bother if someone speaks ill of Linux, but also if someone speaks well of windows. That is, if someone says things like “photoshop is better than gimp” this could be true or not, but these users began a war of offensive comments in blogs and forums. Windows users are criticize and discriminate for simply using Windows as operating system.
Anti Ubuntu : They are similar to those above, but these will focus on Ubuntu. A distro heavily criticized by many but also loved by many others. They are using words like “typical winbuntu”. Generally they believe that they are better than people who use Ubuntu distros just because they are using ‘Tougher’ distro as Arch, Slackware or something like these 2 . Long ago I commented because Ubuntu is not the same as windows (NdR link in spanish) .
Extreme evangelists : The mere fact of having a blog and talk about linux makes me an evangelist that is trying to convince others to use Linux. But there are some that take you to the end, if something is not completely free they are against and again, a war of comments begins. Sometimes they intend to achieve, or impose, their way of thinking, which usually is the ‘freedom’, but they fail to understand that not everyone uses linux to be ‘free’ or for the philosophy, but because it works better than other alternatives.
Complainants : Of the more annoying. They use Linux but complain all the time that it does exactly what they want. As if the community had to seek their approval and work all the time to make all the programs that they want. Examples: “why it’s so hard to install the program X ?”, “Why Flash does not come by default?”, “I hate the X program it should do this well blah blah blah”
Vague : This user usually does not last long in Linux. It is the user who does not bother to learn, who wants everything served and if something does not work he want someone that fix it or tell him how to fix it but without having to open the console, or type a command. It is the user that when having a problem before searching for a solution in google goes directly and ask on a forum or blog leaving his email, without even looking! This type of user usually becomes a Complainant user and finally end up abandoning Linux.
I must say I’ve gone through each of the above states except for the last. And is not so bad, what is wrong is to stay in only one of them forever.