Militant geeks are hurting the widespread adoption of Free software. CMP has an article on the subject, and Bruce Perens has written a message to the community condemning actions like cheering on the recent denial of service attacks on SCO.
“Do not cheer on attacks on the SCO site. By doing so, you falsely implicate our community in the attacks, in the eyes of outsiders who read your words. Our community believes in freedom of speech, not silencing our opponent’s speech through net attacks. We will defeat SCO using the truth, not by gagging them.”
This is the same old story of a few jerks ruining it for everyone. Since I’ve started participating in the Linux community, I’ve found that the vast majority of people out there will bend over backwards to help you understand and utilize Free software. The support for Linux is ten times better than you’ll likely receive for most proprietary software.
The minority, however, the folks who consider Free software a religious war and think that Microsoft Is The Devil, regardless of the facts or the situation, actually hurt the acceptance of Free software. It makes it harder for me to go to my boss and tell him we should use Linux when he perceives the Linux community to be a bunch of closed-minded elitists that act like the Internet’s equivalnt of a rowdy biker gang.
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