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5 Crazy Things That Linux Users Do


The majority of Linux users have done their fair share of crazy things.

Now, why would those highly intelligent people do crazy things?

Well, they are either outright crazy or they experienced a temporary lapse in their judgment.

Some of those people who use Microsoft Windows, macOS and ChromeOS are probably laughing and thinking to themselves, “I am not surprised at all. Linux users are crazy; they are crazy for using Linux.”

To be fair, crazy people also use Microsoft Windows, macOS and ChromeOS (So, where mental health is concerned they are just as crazy as us Linux users).

Anyway, it is time for me to discuss some of the crazy things that Linux users do.

1.) They Leave A Perfectly Working Distro For One That Is Problematic

As someone who has distro-hopped in the past, I used Linux distributions that were problematic (I am not the only one who has done that particular type of madness).

In the past (the days when I only knew how to use Linux Mint and other Ubuntu-based operating systems), I went and made the bold move of giving Manjaro a try.

Two weeks after, I encountered technical issues (A faulty update had broken things and I had no idea of how to fix them).

I was fully aware that Manjaro had its own forum ― a place where Manjaro users went to get help with their technical issues and also to help those who were experiencing technical difficulties (Back then, I was not a member of their forum).

At the time, I was mildly pissed with Manjaro because it was a bit buggy and Linux Mint worked well (I had no issues with Linux Mint).

Truthfully, I was not ready for Manjaro back then; I did not possess the knowledge of how to do manual interventions whenever a faulty update wreaked havoc on my system.

A year after, I did go back to Manjaro; this time I was prepared; I had learned a handful of Manjaro-specific terminal commands to use whenever faulty updates decided to do their thing.

Did Manjaro ever break again?

Yes, it did and I fixed what was broken.

Did I really need to go through all of that trouble with Manjaro?

No, I did not! But, I wanted to!

I wanted to learn something new (And, I learned a whole lot of things by using Manjaro).

For the record, Linux Mint is one of the most stable operating systems that you could ever use (And, that is one of the main reasons why I always recommend it for beginners; it is most ideal for newcomers to Linux).

By the way, if you are using Linux Mint and it works well for you, there is no need for you to switch to Manjaro (Unless you are bored with Linux Mint and wish to try out a new operating system).

2.) They Argue Amongst Themselves About Which Is The Best Linux Distro

Yes, it is true, my friend.

Linux users have a reputation for arguing amongst themselves about which Linux distro is the best.

The scary part is that these arguments can last for a very long time.

From a realistic perspective, there is no such thing as the best Linux distro.

Each Linux distro has its strengths and its weaknesses.

However, there is only one Linux distro that is right for you (What is right for you may not necessarily be the right for someone else).

3.) They Embarrass People For Using Newbie-Friendly Distros

Some Linux users are guilty of embarrassing other Linux users for using a newbie-friendly distro; a perfect example of this is an Arch Linux user bad-mouthing another Linux user for utilizing Linux Mint.

The truth is that members of the Linux community should not be speaking ill or making fun of those people who use newbie-friendly Linux distros.

The most important thing is that those people are making an effort to use Linux as their daily driver.

What a lot of those elitist Linux users fail to realize is that there is absolutely nothing wrong with using a newbie-friendly Linux distro.

Also, not everyone who starts off with a newbie-friendly Linux distro will stick with it. As time progresses, those people become more knowledgeable about Linux and they move on to using intermediate and advanced Linux distros.

As a matter of fact, I ventured into the Linux world using a newbie-friendly Linux distro.

Today, I am having a really good time with vanilla Arch Linux.

So, never make fun of someone for using a Linux distro that is less advanced than yours.

The Ubuntu user of today could end up becoming a Gentoo Linux user in a few years’ time.

4.) They Insult Those Who Use Microsoft Windows

Before I get myself into deep trouble with my fellow Linux users, I would like to let you know that all Linux users do not insult others for using Microsoft Windows; however, there are some that do.

It might be okay to insult Microsoft Windows, but it is certainly not okay to insult the person who is using Microsoft Windows.

What a lot of those Linux users fail to understand is that they themselves were once Microsoft Windows users.

Besides, if you insult someone for using Microsoft Windows, there is no way on God’s green Earth that they are going to listen to you whenever you talk to them about Linux.

5.) They Boldly Tell Others That This Year Is The Year Of The Linux Desktop

I have been hearing a lot of Linux users say to others, “This year is the year of the Linux desktop,” since 2015 (Truthfully, there is no harm in wishful thinking).

Many years have passed and it is still not the year of the Linux desktop.

Would I like it if this year actually became the year of the Linux desktop?

Sure! I would like that!

However, where Linux is concerned, it only has a little under 3% of the desktop operating system market share worldwide.

Sorry folks, Linux might be the king of the servers, but it is the proverbial pauper on the desktop.

Frankly speaking, I do not mind that at all; I will continue to use Linux whether or not it has a large desktop operating system market share worldwide.

From the looks of things, the year of the Linux desktop will never be here (And, that is also okay).

The Bottom Line

Linux users have done some crazy things and knowing Linux users as well as I do, they are still going to continue doing crazy things.

Despite the vast amount of craziness taking place within the Linux community, I hereby invite you to become part of the Linux community.

Thank you for reading!


24 thoughts on “5 Crazy Things That Linux Users Do

  1. Always liked this bit from OpenBSD’s mailing list etiquette:

    Respect differences in opinion and philosophy.

    Intelligent people may look at the same set of facts and come to very different conclusions. Repeating the same points that didn’t convince someone previously rarely changes their mind, and irritates all the other readers.

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    1. πŸ™‚ That is a lovely piece of philosophy to live by (I wish that all Linux users could read this comment of yours).

      Thank you for participating in the discussion.


  2. People should decide for themselves which operating system works best for them. And they’re is always a learning curve. My nephew started out on windows and has Linux now, he has a job in programming. There is always room to learn.

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  3. Omygosh, Guily as Charged! On most counts but not all of them. I do deliberately break stuff just to learn how to fix it, and keep a log of it so I can maybe help others who break stuff by accident! That’s crazy, for sure.

    But Not Guilty, ever, of being a Linux Snob, poking arrogant fun at users of one-size-fits-all “newbie” distros. It takes time to find your perfect “niche distro” that does just what you want without anything you don’t need or want, and then to find another when your favorite distro changes and you have to find another that fits your own little unique needs. But my blog is full of rebuke to Linux Snobs who poke fun at people for using Mint, for example, and just sticking with it because it “just works” so well. That kind of arrogant bullying is ultimately self-defeating anyway.

    I do take issue with developers who compromise on principles for the sake of “likes” and accolades from others. If a dev states that his distro is driven by deeply-held ethics or philosophies (no systemd, one application per task, keep it simple, make it energy efficient, no non-free software, whatever) and then completely abandons principle for the sake of expediency, then I’ll call him out on that. Sometimes they count the cost of holding to those principles and find it “too expensive.” I totally get that. Do what you have to do to make it work, but say so and explain it to users.

    Like you, I’m happy to recommend Linux Mint for most newcomers, and most newcomers are completely delighted with it and justly proud to be Linux users! I tell them to ignore the snobs and just enjoy their newfound freedom.

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  4. Regarding point #4. I agree and I don’t think anyone should judge let alone insult people who’re using corporate crap like windows. All that does is divide and makes people feel closed to switching operating systems. I use Linux but don’t go round lecturing people how it’s better. It does the job, gives me privacy, gives me word-processing software, compatible with lots of software.

    Also, re #3 nobody should be making fun of newbies whatever community (best way to turn people away & make them feel unwelcome). Making fun of newbies (big mistake) is why people turn to corporate stuff. All in all, great stuff said. Myself and my dad use Linux.

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