If you were to come across ten different Linux users and ask them their opinion on Linux, you would most likely get ten different answers.
Why is that the case?
The answer, my friend, is a simple one ― every single Linux user on the face of the Earth is different (Different people, of course, will have varied opinions on a topic).
For the record, there are lots of open-minded people within the Linux community (In spite of being deeply opinionated, these people do not mind reading or listening to a different Linux-related point of view ― a point of view that is different than theirs).
I would also like to point out the opposite spectrum ― a group of Linux users who only believe that their view on Linux is the only one and anyone who possesses a different opinion on Linux, is either stupid or crazy.
So, without further ado, it is time for us to have an in-depth look as to the reason why we Linux users are so damn opinionated.
A Large Percentage Of Linux Users Hate Microsoft
Yes, it is true, my friend. A large percentage of Linux users hate Microsoft. They want nothing to do with:
- Windows 10
- Microsoft Edge
- Microsoft 365
The God’s/Goddess’s truth is that there are more Microsoft-related products that I could have added to the list; it would have turned out to be a long one.
So, for the sake of brevity, these people will not touch any of Microsoft’s products with a ten-foot pole.
Their hatred for Microsoft probably began when someone from Microsoft referred to Linux as, “A cancer,” some years ago.
As a result, those Linux users, discourage the usage of all Microsoft products in any form or fashion.
Now, could you blame them for possessing such an opinion?
Microsoft started the beef and those Linux users are merely reminding Microsoft of their insult and are merely keeping the proverbial war alive.
On a positive note, there are many free and open-source alternatives; for example, a person can use their favourite distribution of Linux instead of using Windows 10 and one can utilize the full LibreOffice suite instead of using Microsoft 365.
There Is The Small Percentage Of Linux Users That Do Not Hate Microsoft
The Linux users that do not hate Microsoft are the type of people who believe that people are free to choose any sort of business or product that they like (Even though that business or product may not have their best interest at heart).
These people also view operating systems as a tool ― a tool that allows them to access the internet, get some work done and entertain themselves. Therefore, they have no problem whatsoever using Windows 10.
Yes, there are Linux users that actually use Windows 10; those people are:
- Hardcore gamers.
- Professionals that need a specific piece of software to get their work done.
- Those that have grown accustomed to using Windows 10 and would like to keep abreast of Microsoft’s advancements.
These people also believe that if they have to use it at work, they might as well integrate Windows 10 and the various other lists of Microsoft products into their personal lives.
Some of them will even say to you, “I use Linux way more than I use Windows 10.”
If you were to even hint for one moment that they should use Linux exclusively, they would tell you, “Using Linux exclusively for my everyday computing needs is impossible!”
On a positive note, these people have made the effort to use Linux (Unfortunately, there is no way that another Linux user can convince them to give up using Windows 10).
As a matter of fact, these people will speak highly of both Linux and Windows 10.
A staunch Linux user, on the other hand, would find it very distasteful to use both Linux and Windows 10 (For them, it all boils down to using nothing else but Linux).
There Are Linux Users Who Prefer To Utilize Distributions Of Linux That Are Easy To Use
For the record, if you are planning to get your figurative feet wet in the area of Linux, it would be wise to utilize a distribution of Linux that is easy to use.
Most newcomers to Linux usually start off with something like Ubuntu or Ubuntu-based derivatives, due to the fact, that they work out of the box.
If they never had to pull their hair out when they were using Windows 10, why should they have to suffer hair loss with Linux?
The truth is that they should not!
Besides, there is no shame in using a distribution of Linux that is easy to use.
My Linux journey started with Ubuntu and as time went along, I moved on to intermediate and advanced distributions of Linux.
Some of these people are of the opinion that if they can accomplish their computing needs on a distribution of Linux that is easy to use, there is really no need for them to use an intermediate or an advanced distribution of Linux.
It is a sad fact, that those people are teased by some of my fellow Vanilla Arch Linux users for using such newbie-based Linux distributions.
There Are Linux Users Who Would Prefer To Use Distributions Of Linux That Are Not Easy To Use
Linux distributions like Arch Linux and Gentoo require lots of skill to install and use (The people that usually go for those types of distributions of Linux are brilliant-minded by nature; they have a genuine knack for figuring out how technologically-oriented things work).
I will admit, that it feels great having the knowledge of knowing how to install Arch Linux along with knowing how to use it (By the way, this does not in any way, make me superior to the person that only knows how to use a version of Linux that is beginner-friendly).
Personally speaking, I think that Vanilla Arch Linux is a bit overrated; it loses its appeal when you go through the installation process a few times.
I also believe that a Linux user who is interested in Arch Linux can save a lot of their precious time by installing Endeavour OS.
Most Arch Linux users feel that their distribution of Linux is the best because it grants them easy access to the latest software and the latest Linux kernel.
Let it be known, that it is somewhat impossible to argue with an Arch Linux user and win the debate.
Because they believe that their point of view is the right one!
In my case, I do my best to remain humble, and I do not wear a t-shirt that says, “By the way, I use Arch,” in the front of it.
The Bottom Line
Apparently, Linux users will remain deeply opinionated (They will not be changing their opinion of Linux anytime soon).
Also, it would be nice if we could all get along well with each other and not be ridiculed for having different opinions of Linux.
The Linux community is made up of all types of people ― people that are arrogant as well as people that are humble and also those people that genuinely believe that all operating systems are merely tools to get stuff done (Whether it be work or play).
To the outsider looking in, the Linux community can appear a bit confusing and complicated.
Oh, well, so much for being part of a Linux community that is comprised of deeply opinionated people (And, I do mean that in a very good way).