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Steve Whitmore

I see this a lot in the Linux community especially, not just software devs. I think it's because people in tech are generally smart and passionate about what they do. That passion isn't always controlled and it comes out as "Ugh Ubuntu is for newbie losers. Real pros use Gentoo." or "VSCode is Microsoft garbage. I refuse to put that proprietary trash on my machine. Emacs for life".

I think passion coupled with peer pressure drives this kind of mindset and behavior. We love something and we want to be accepted by others who do as well, so we pick a side and blindly throw spears at the other.

It's folks who realize just what you said above that get it - it's all good. Like VSCode on a MacBook? Great! Prefer writing everything with Vim on Fedora? Awesome! Do you write everything in NotePad on Windows? Whatever floats your boat! The important thing is our love of creating things and using cool tools to do it.

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Nefo Fortressia

"VSCode is Microsoft garbage. I refuse to put that proprietary trash on my machine. Emacs for life".

Dang, VSCode has an open source version (like Chrome have Chromium), and the closed source version is just the open source version + brand trademarks + opt-outable telemetry + better Microsoft & GitHub login)

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Amelia Vieira Rosado ๐Ÿฃโœจ Author

Sometimes that passion really turns things sour! It's alright for people to have their preferences, but to polarize and be polarized by them...that's something else.

Ugh Ubuntu is for newbie losers

You know, that kind of talk towards beginners truly infuriates me. There is ABSOLUTELY nothing wrong with being a beginner. Yet some people appear to develop some selective amnesia and forget where they themselves got started. Beginners should be guided through these turbulent waters with patience and compassion. Or so I believe. I want to give my best shot at changing this phenomenon.

Thank you for your addition to this conversation, I truly appreciate it! ๐Ÿ˜Š

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Steve Whitmore

And for the record Ubuntu is NOT for beginners. It's for anyone who likes using it. I took a class on bash scripting in college and my professor was a wizard with 20+ years of Linux system administration experience. Guess what? He used Ubuntu.