I can't imagine a scenario where I'd be like looking at someone's bio/profile and think to myself thank goodness they put their linux distro in there
@pagrus well it does suggest that they are Here to Talk About Linux
@twistylittlepassages I mean that's cool I guess, I am down to talk about Linux if you want. I can probably tell though, even if it's not listed in your bio
@pagrus I'm a Scorpio, Myers-Briggs ENFJ, and I use Ubuntu, clearly these are all things that actually tell you something about me and not just, y'know, random
@twistylittlepassages oh, I stretched the truth a little there, I used Ubuntu in grad school for Physics Stuff, but I'm pretty locked into Windows World now, because it's what all the software for different instruments runs on :|
anyway, I don't think I really want to be friends with anyone who writes me off due to my OS, so no big loss? @pagrus
@greyor I don't really get the judging, tbh -- it's easily accessible to people who are just getting started with Linux, that doesn't mean that it's inherently inferior (and honestly probably does make it superior to other distros where the troubleshooting answer seems to be "hack apart the code and figure it out yourself" @twistylittlepassages @pagrus
@pagrus yes, exactly. like -- before my dad decided that tablets were the Way and the Life, I honestly thought about setting up a laptop for him running Ubuntu, because it's user-friendly enough that he could use it without getting into trouble (Dad is, uh, way too trusting when it comes to the internet) @greyor @twistylittlepassages
@pagrus I seriously recommend it. I didn't get a chance to do it, but only because of the whole tablet-thing.
(also because my sibling became tech support after I moved out, but still.)
@pagrus yeah, I remember installing it alongside Win95 off of floppies and royally messing up my system. My parents couldn't understand why LILO kept asking what they wanted to boot into. I eventually ended up destroying the Windows partition with fdisk and my parents weren't happy. Ubuntu was a much easier reintroduction 10ish years later! @hafnia @twistylittlepassages
@pagrus (to be fair it's "in the past I used Ubuntu because it was what I had to do a bunch of physics stuff on", but now I'm stuck on Windows, so [shrug]
I have zero feelings about Linux otherwise.)
@pagrus I would say so! I don't play on Linux myself but I wouldn't be surprised if different distro meant you're a different kind of user.
@diabola I guess the thing is that even as a Linux user I'm not sure what I'm supposed to divine from that in a profile
@pagrus It's the new Mac vs PC, which was a thing people used to be tediously passionate and judgemental about before linux came along
I've always assumed that the primary reason for neckbeard disdain for ubuntu was its original mission (as I recall it) of making a user-friendly distro
@mayor Haha I am familiar, I used to write for Macaddict. Even then it bugged me that they insisted on saying "PC" instead of "Windows"
@mayor My point though is that while the pros and cons of various OSs might be worthwhile to discuss I don't get why you would put that in your bio. Is it to discourage people who might ask you Windows questions preemptively?
@kelbot I mean people do that on forums and stuff right? In their signatures? It makes more sense there
@emacsomancer What, preemptive block from you?
@pagrus pronouns missing, distro present is an important message, though it doesn't matter at all which distro it is
@pagrus it's the techbro version of putting down your Hogwarts house, and just as annoying
It can be useful when looking for help. And let's be honest: it's Linux, we're all abuse victims trauma-bonded to our operating system here, we need all the help we can get
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