a tribe called linux

Ubuntu founder Mark Shuttleworth writes about the ‘tribalism’ dividing Linux.

From an Ubuntu using but non-techie perspective, I tend to favor Shuttleworth’s take on the issue he addresses, which is the latest outbreak of a Linux religious war. This time the specific battleground is what project has contributed most to Gnome.

His two main points are very much in keeping with my beliefs. The first – “The other guys have never done anything useful” – addresses modesty.  The second – “Evidence contrary to my views doesn’t count” – goes to the heart of what it means to be a grown-up.

However, there is such an earnestness about his essay, (read it here) that a small part of me holds back. I suppose the principle at work is – if it seems too good to be true, maybe it is.


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