My friends will kill meFebruary 24, 2009 at 7:15 pm | Posted in Hacking, History, Patterns | 11 Comments
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Its been more than a year (since 2007) that I am using a a Linux distro running on text-based system configuration. The idea was difficult to adopt in the beginning but it looked intelligent to me. So friends here is my Linux box running on Arch . There is no way you can edit any network or printer configurations from the Administration menu of GNOME in Arch. If you want to configure then go edit the text file. My friends who are still using Ubuntu struggle with the unknown and unreasonable problems everyday but they stick to Ubuntu, its Administration menu, the GUI based system to configure the system settings and they are still there. Even after several years of usage they get mentally handicapped when some problem arises. They ask stupid questions to each other. Here is some conversation:
Ubuntu User 1: My system is not booting properly in Ubuntu. What should I do ?
me : whats the problem ?
Ubuntu User 1: I don’t know, Ubuntu is showing some error.
me : What kind of error. Is root file system geting mounted.
Ubuntu User 1: I don’t know.
me : Let me check
Ubuntu User 1: Don’t worry, I will reinstall Ubuntu.
Later I found out, fsck was showing some error on mounting /home partition and was throwing the user into maintenance shell to do fsck but he kept on pressing the Reset button instead.
Ubuntu User 1: I have Ubuntu but I need to play 3D games. Ubuntu does not play them as good as Windows XP.
Ubuntu User 2: Install Sabayon, you can play good games on it.
me : What playing games has to do with either Ubuntu or Sabayon (or even Debian) ?
Ubuntu User 2: Debian does not have any games.
me : Debian has largest collection of packages among all the distros. You only need to install a game using apt-get. Even if the package is not there, then you can download and install it.
Ubuntu User 2: With Debian I have to configure GNOME manually to run, eve after install it. I don’t want to configure GUIs.
me : Debian comes auto-configured. You just install something, e.g. X, and it configures it automatically.
Ubuntu User 2: No, Debian does not play games.
I really don’t understand this, if there is Open Source game, and the package is not available for Debian then you can compile it form source. But my friend does not say that he can’t compile, he says “Debian does not run games”. See the difference ?
Ubuntu User 1: I will not use Fedora, my sound system does not work in Fedora. It works in Ubuntu. So I will use Ubuntu.
me : your statement does not make any sense. Both Ubuntu and Fedora are Linux distros, you can check the sound module of your card and load it in Fedora.
Ubuntu User 1: you don’t want listen to me. I said, there is no sound coming in Fedora.
me : you need to run the lspci to check for what hardware you have and the see lsmod on Ubuntu to know the name of the kernel module being used for sound. Also check for Linux kernel version.
Ubuntu User 1: I will ask some one else who can solve my problem, you just don’t understand it.
Ubuntu User 2: Why go so deep into Linux. He can just reinstall Ubuntu if he gets problems.
… and they got angry. No.. I am serious, they are angry now.
I can show you thousands and millions of Linux users like this, who don’t want to know how to solve problems . First I thought, they don’t like the black screen of command line (I too don’t like it) or even the white background of X-terminal (which I do like), then I thought no one likes to type some words, you just need a mouse click and even these days companies are creating mouses with which we can type characters using clicks. Then I came to know the problem is more fundamental than Linux issues. The problem is of pain, finding the cause of some problem is a painful process (whether Linux or real life), even when you want to build a new house or put the wash-basin at some place in your house , it takes some amount of understanding and familiarity with how the houses are constructed and used by people. Putting time into understanding the house when you are gonna live in there for rest of your life takes energy and pain (mental exhaustion ?). All of my friends are not running away from Linux, they are running away from pain Linux gives. No one wants pain, everyone wants joy. Yeah… me too. I want happiness and peace of mind.. the joy of life. Then why do I believe in struggling with understanding and editing text-files in Linux for days and nights when a 45 minutes Ubuntu reinstall will solve the problem. Why do I get into pain ?
To answer that question I have to go back to my earlier days, the day before I even installed Linux, the day my friend Dinesh mentioned the word Linux to me. Its all about happiness. So let me answer the question I have aksed: Why did I install Linux, because I trusted my friend, I knew he is intelligent than me, Its matter of friendship, the trust and respect you give to your friend based on his ability to create angels and daemons on hardware. Moreover I accepted my incompetence in front of him. Dinesh knew it will be painful for me (a typical Windows User) to install Linux but he never helped me, he never said that he will want to help me. Dinesh believes in letting people learn themselves rather than spoon-feeding them, a typical Hacker behavior.
Now when I struggle with the problems for days, then I am learning, I am looking for the happiness, the long-term happiness, rather the short-term happiness caused by re-installation. My friends have based their Linux learning on short-term happiness. That is the whole point, their definition of happiness and my definition of happiness are different. Their source of happiness is what you get in 30 minutess (watch a movie in 30 minutes), my source of happiness is solving problems (The GNU Project). If you are still reading, good and if you are still reading and understood it too, well, congratulations, you can be the one you want to become.
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