We are many who use today GNU / Linux, but a while ago it was very different. We used Windows, and this change (by luck or misfortune) of Windows a Linux It has been satisfactory and pleasant for us; not to say that our way of thinking and acting with the PC has changed. However, it was also difficult for us, mostly because we had to have that incredible willpower to swallow our "pride?" and simply; accept that we were complete newbies to this new system.
But not all users who migrate from Windows to Linux feel good, not everyone has that willpower or desire to learn something new. I have known some that when installing Linux it is obviously too different from Windows (and not at all positive). If we add to this that their first experience is not entirely pleasant (either due to driver problems or something similar) because it is obvious that it will happen as it has already happened for many users ... There are many users who see and work in Linux for first time they don't have a very good experience, or rather; your experience does not quite meet those great and wonderful expectations that had been created; expectations that we ourselves (users who are no longer new to Linux) have created for them.
And that's when it all begins ...
A simple phrase like “linux is not as perfect as they told me"Or something much simpler like"I prefer windows”Is capable of unleashing a series of incredible posts, it is unimaginable how popular (although the correct word is crowded) that this type of topic can become.
In almost all these cases followed by the initial post of the user where he declares for X or Y reason that Linux is not so good and that he returns to Windows; followed by this, many Linux users "pounced" to say yes, to return to that inferior operating system, and so on. Until we get to the point where we start posting things like “Before saying that something is bad, you must first know how to use it"Or"linux is perfect, you are the one who has no idea how to use it" etc etc.
Let's see, it is true that in my view, in almost all respects GNU / Linux is much better than Windows or Mac, and it is also very true that more and more users "go over to our side" and begin to use some GNU / Linux distro, so my question ……Why lash out at a user for a simple fact like the one I'm talking about?
"Attacking" or criticizing in such a way a user who has only tried a Linux distro and did not like it (for whatever reasons) is not correct, regardless of whether we are right or not, regardless of whether the user Whether or not you know how to use / work properly on Linux, that's no reason to criticize you in that way. Instead of doing this we should be concerned with trying to help you.
What I want to make you understand with this post is that yes, most of us were Windows users at some time; And since we ourselves know the shortcomings of this OS, it is for this very reason that we must help users who are less knowledgeable / experienced than us. If we use any Linux distro, then great, we must promote the use of Free Software and therefore we must promote the change from Windows to Linux, but this does not mean "isolating" or "creating a barrier" between our knowledge and part or the rest. of the community, for something as banal as HN can be in front of a Linux computer (HN = Nalgas Hours).
Both the Open Source movement and the Free Software movement are based on freedom by and for the user, but… there is a much more important freedom that must be before this: “The freedom that the user has to choose which operating system to use".
I will not hide my criteria; I am a 100% GNU / Linux fan and I am always recommending and promoting its use, and I hate Microsoft and everything that it represents. But the user must be free to choose whether to use Windows or Linux, this is for me; the most important freedom.
The point and the general idea ... is that we do not criticize, instead we teach, we demonstrate to those dissatisfied users that they were not doing it in the best possible way, that it is not that LibreOffice is incompatible with MS-Office, but quite the opposite ... etc etc 😀
Well this has been everything 🙂