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The Complexity Of Linux Users And The Linux World

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We Linux users are a complicated bunch of people (Our love for variety, flexibility and doing things differently may have a lot to do with that).

It is no secret, that we Linux users want more than what Microsoft Windows or macOS has to offer.

Besides, Linux helps the person to escape the proverbial prison; they can customize their computer in the manner that they like and not worry about being stuck in a walled garden.

I would also like to add, that no two Linux users are alike (And, that makes things even more complicated for the members of the Linux community).

There Are Linux Users Who Hate Ubuntu

A lot of my fellow Arch Linux users hate Ubuntu because:

  • Ubuntu is very Snap-oriented (Snap packages are larger than traditional packages).
  • Ubuntu’s software is buggy (Ubuntu has a high track record of launching their operating system with bugs).
  • Ubuntu engages in telemetry (Arch Linux users hate telemetry).
  • Ubuntu is backed by Canonical (They do not believe that Canonical is trustworthy).
  • Ubuntu does not provide the user with bleeding-edge software and the Linux kernel that comes with Ubuntu is many versions behind (Arch Linux users are granted access to the most up-to-date software and the latest Linux kernel).

For the record, there are some Arch Linux users that test Ubuntu and would file bug reports whenever they encounter bugs (This is done with the intention of making Ubuntu better).

Now, it makes a lot of sense in wanting Ubuntu to be free of technologically-related issues because it is one of those distributions of Linux that is recommended to people by a lot of Linux gurus.

In a lot of instances, one’s perception of Linux is shaped by their first encounter with their chosen Linux distribution. Therefore, if their first encounter with Linux was Ubuntu and the operating system was buggy, they might wrongfully believe that Linux is rubbish when in reality, it is the fault of Ubuntu and not Linux itself.

My personal belief (and, the belief of a lot of Linux users) is that Ubuntu should release its operating system when it is ready and do away with rushing to release its operating system on a fixed date (Hopefully, that recommended approach should provide Ubuntu with ample time to work out the bugs in its operating system).

Ubuntu Users Are Often Ridiculed

There are a bunch of Arch Linux users that make fun of Ubuntu users for using a newbie distro.

In my case, I would never make fun of a person for using Ubuntu.

Why?

Because they have made a conscientious effort to use Linux.

The last thing that I want is for people to think that all members of the Linux community are jerks, abandon Ubuntu and go back to using Microsoft Windows or macOS.

Ubuntu was my gateway into Linux.

Today, I use vanilla Arch Linux.

Truthfully speaking, not everyone who utilizes Ubuntu will stick with it; they may end up using a different distribution of Linux in the future.

Linux Mint Users Are A Unique Bunch Of People

Linux Mint users are usually those people who want to use an Ubuntu-based operating system that is devoid of Snap packages and telemetry.

By default, Linux Mint utilizes Flatpak.

For the record, it is possible to use Snap packages on Linux Mint (Dave McKay’s article, How to Work with Snap Packages on Linux, will teach you how to go about making that possible).

Linux Mint users want an operating system that works (Hey, it does work and that is one of the reasons why I recommend it to those people who are willing to give Linux a try).

Linux Mint is available in three desktop environments:

Choose any one (They all work well).

Linux Mint is stable because it is based on the long-term support version of Ubuntu and the versions of Linux Mint are released when the developers have worked out the bugs and believe that it is ready for the masses to use.

By the way, not all Linux Mint users are into Ubuntu-based operating systems.

Fans of Debian can use the Linux Mint Debian Edition; which is based on the Stable version of Debian (This version only comes with the Cinnamon desktop environment).

My main gripe is that Clément Lefèbvre (Linux Mint’s head developer) does not treat the Linux Mint Debian Edition with the same amount of love that he gives to the Ubuntu-based version of Linux Mint (It is simply there in case Canonical decides to put an end to Ubuntu).

I actually know of someone who switched to vanilla Debian because they felt that Clément Lefèbvre was neglecting the growth of the Linux Mint Debian Edition.

I will be paying close attention to Linux Mint with the intention of seeing whether or not it will sever its ties with Ubuntu in the future.

Arch Linux Users Are No Longer Members Of An Elitist Club

In the early days of Arch Linux, you were only respected by the Linux community if you installed Arch Linux “The Arch Way”; that method is well-documented in the Arch Wiki.

For the record, there are still those people who install Arch Linux “The Arch Way”.

However, there are those who are making their way to Arch Linux via:

There are people with vanilla Arch Linux on their computer and one of those that I mentioned on my list on another computer of theirs.

The truth is that almost anyone can install Arch Linux if they really wanted to.

Also, most people are too busy to install Arch Linux “The Arch Way”.

By the way, you can also install vanilla Arch Linux much quicker with its new guided installer (Ankush Das’s article, Installing Arch Linux is Now Easier With This Change in the Newest ISO Refresh, highlighted the fact about Arch Linux being much easier to install).

I would like to state for the record, that using Arch Linux requires a higher learning curve than most of the other distributions of Linux.

Arch Linux breaks occasionally (That my friend is the nature of operating systems that follow the developmental rolling release model).

So, my friend, you will need to possess the knowledge of making things right by fixing your own Arch Linux system whenever a breakage occurs.

MX Linux Users Are Extremely Loyal To Their Distro

For the record, there is nothing wrong with being loyal to your distribution of Linux. However, in regards to MX Linux, most of their users tend to take their loyalty to an extreme level.

If you want to start World War 3, simply speak badly of MX Linux; its users will defend their operating system and lash out angrily at you (Trolls are aware of this and that is one of the reasons why they enjoy harassing MX Linux users over the internet).

On a positive note, MX Linux works out of the box; this distribution of Linux is based on the Stable branch of Debian.

Officially, MX Linux comes in the following desktop environments and window manager:

Sadly, a large percentage of people wrongfully believe that it only comes in Xfce (The misconception probably stemmed from people only seeing the Xfce version of MX Linux being reviewed by Technology experts).

The God’s/Goddess’s truth is that I am not a fan of the Stable branch of Debian.

And, why is it that I am not a fan of the Stable branch of Debian?

My answer is a simple and straightforward one ― the Stable branch of Debian utilizes software that is a bit too old for my liking.

I prefer newer software; which is the reason why I use Arch Linux as my daily driver.

Also, whenever I am playing around with Debian, I would use a distribution of Linux that is based on the Testing branch of Debian; for example, Parrot OS (The software is much newer than that of the Stable branch of Debian).

In spite of MX Linux being a very reliable distribution of Linux, I do not view it as the best (Apparently, DistoWatch tends to think that MX Linux is the hottest thing since the invention of sliced bread).

There Are Linux Users Who Love To Tinker With Their Operating System

I am one of the many people who enjoy tinkering with their Linux operating system.

I am quite fond of:

  • Changing the look and the feel of any Linux operating system that I get my hands on.
  • Experimenting with various types of Linux kernels.
  • Adding and removing various types of software.

I will admit that I have broken some distributions of Linux by tinkering too much with them.

There are those moments when I have to remind myself not to tinker too much with my Arch Linux system.

There Are Linux Users Who Do Not Customize Their Operating System

Believe it or not, there are Linux users who only use their operating system in the same manner that it comes; they are the ones who blatantly refuse to:

  • Change the wallpaper on their laptop or desktop computer.
  • Download a different web browser.
  • Install new software.

The elderly are quite happy with the way things are with their Linux operating system.

They also rely on a younger family member to carry out security updates on their computer.

The World Of Linux Is Filled With Distro Hoppers

A distro hopper is someone who does not use a distribution of Linux for a prolonged period of time; for example, one week they are using Manjaro and the following week they are playing around with openSUSE.

Truthfully speaking, it takes a while for a person to learn the proverbial ropes of a particular Linux operating system. Therefore, one learns very little about the Linux operating system that they are on when it is used fleetingly.

On a positive note, distro hopping can help an interested Linux user to discover a distribution of Linux that they actually like.

I used to be a hardcore distro hopper in the past; I have no regrets about being one because it allowed me to come across Solus and Arch Linux.

These days, I only try out different distributions of Linux with the sole purpose of reviewing them.

There Are Linux Users Who Believe That The Distribution Of Linux That They Are Currently Using Is The Best

Some people will always believe that the operating system that they are currently using is the best; they are often referred to as, “Linux fanboys” and “Linux fangirls”.

These people will spend countless hours explaining to other Linux users the reasons why their Linux distribution is number one.

There is nothing wrong with having a favourite Linux distribution. However, things do go out of hand when “Linux fanboys” and “Linux fangirls” display their cult-like behaviour.

I am one of the few Arch Linux users that would say to people, “Use any distribution of Linux that you like!”

The World Of Linux Is Filled With Desktop Environment Fanatics

Yes, my friend, it is true about the world of Linux being filled with desktop environment fanatics.

In spite of using the same Linux distribution as you, they will criticize you for using a different desktop environment; a perfect example is one person using the MATE desktop environment with Arch Linux and the person who utilizes the GNOME desktop environment with Arch Linux thinks that their setup is way superior to the one who uses the MATE desktop environment with Arch Linux (Oh, that is utter madness).

To make a long story short, the best desktop environment for you is actually the one that is most harmonious with your unique workflow.

Personally, I think that the Xfce desktop environment is a bit clunky; but that does not mean that I would criticize an individual for choosing to use the Xfce desktop environment (It all boils down to preference).

There Are Linux Users Who Only Use Window Managers

Most people who use window managers instead of using a full-fledged desktop environment view desktop environments as bloat.

Some of the popular window managers are:

Hey, that is fine with me. Use whatever floats your boat.

In my case, I would stick to using desktop environments.

Final Thoughts

Linux users are a complicated bunch of people ― people who:

  • Use different distributions of Linux.
  • Ridicule others for using newbie distros.
  • Adhere to a unique kind of Linux philosophy.
  • Enjoy distro hopping.
  • Believe that they are using the best distribution of Linux on the face of the Earth.
  • Simply want to improve the quality of Linux.
  • Are extremely loyal to their favourite distribution of Linux.
  • Are tinkerers.
  • Do not customize the Linux distribution that they are currently on.
  • Use different types of desktop environments.
  • Only use windows managers with their favourite distribution of Linux.

A person who is not a member of the Linux community would be baffled by all of those things.

Linux users, on the other hand, view the complexity of the Linux world as a way of life.

If you were to join the Linux community and I was around to witness it, I would say to you, “Welcome to the madhouse,” with a huge grin on my face.

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28 thoughts on “The Complexity Of Linux Users And The Linux World

    1. Doesn’t matter, John, we all started out shiny tailed and bushy eyed n00bs … and then, after some days filed with frustrations and a lot of swear words, we developed into better human beings! 🙂

      Just start here: https://linuxmint.com/

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  1. I’m slowly learning more, as time allows. Having the luxury of multiple computers allows me to have have multiple OS. I spend more time tinkering than producing.
    Linux makes me happy, like Microsoft once did.
    ALL the best things in life are free, but in a capitalist society that’s a hard concept to grasp.
    Very interesting article Renard.
    Thank you

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    1. 🙂 Sadje, if you venture into the Linux world (you can do that by installing Linux on your computer), you will gradually learn about computer systems.

      Thank you for participating in the discussion.

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  2. Linux world is a completely old fashioned operating system of 1991 origin . But , could its user be subjected to be a person of hate ? My answer to this question is ‘No’ . Such Monument of computer technology should be preserved for the posterity . If used , not bad altogether. Thanking you .

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    1. 🙂 In spite of Linux making its debut way back in 1991, I would not refer to it as an old-fashioned operating system.

      Why?

      Because it has evolved since that time (Hence the existence of modern Linux distributions).

      The Linux community is made up of all kinds of people.

      Thank you for sharing your perspective.

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      1. Sir ! you are right . You have not not told that is an old – fashioned operating system . I myself think that even user of this technology may feel comfortable with it . Then nothing unusual as such .

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        1. Arbind, if Linux is old-fashioned, what is Windows then? And MacOS? Both are older than Linux.

          And it really doesn’t matter anyway, a new Linux kernel comes out roughly every 2 months, new Win and Mac versions only every few years. Those systems are outdated compared to an always super duper actual Linux distro like ArchLinux for example.

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  3. I use Linux 17 years (not exclusively, I also love Apple’s ecosystem and I have nearly everything from as well in my household), I do have currently a Lenovo Ideapad 2-in-1 with Fedora GNOME. I did start my Linux discovery with Ubuntu, and went down the entire rabbit hole, Arch included. For years Fedora is the only one can be on the separate Linux machine I always have around.

    What Linux users need to finally accept:

    – there is NO best distro (objectively speaking),
    – no best desktop env.,
    – no best choice in anything (again, objectively speaking).
    Only choice.
    – and yes, we COULD debate on things without fanatical rages.

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  4. I have used Linux for 12+ years. My first distro was Gentoo, and I have used every distro out there. However, my go to daily driver OS is PopOS. Yes Ubuntu has problems but PopOs fixes alot of those problems to make it stable. That is what I like in a distro is stability. The only thing I change on a regular basis is the Graphics Driver because I am a Linux gamer. At this point, I am considering keeping 20.04 as long as I can because everything works, and I have not encountered any problems. If I upgrade my version of OS, I have to make sure that it does not interfere with my games. 22.04 will probably introduce some changes that I feel could be detrimental to the gaming community with the adoption of Wayland. I will have to wait and see how it works before making the jump.

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    1. 🙂 Pop!_OS is another wonderful distribution of Linux; it works well. I also love its Cosmic shell. Pop!_OS does GNOME differently from the rest of the other Linux distributions.

      Thank you for participating in the discussion, Brinny.

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    2. Brinny, if you’re such a fan of stability – which in Linux terms just means no updates ever – why don’t you go with Debian right away? That is a hundred times more stable than even *buntu. MX, LMDE and my fave Debian, Sparky Linux, should all give you peace of mind. \o/

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