I was recently called an “Ubuntu Fanboy” in a recent blog post which dealt with my experience with Windows Vista. The commenter among other things said I wasn’t looking hard enough, misleading people about XP not being supported, and an Ubuntu fanboy. Well in subsequent comments I clarified that there weren’t any computers Online, we can’t find any that we are happy with (direct quote). In the post I forgot to mention that I wasn’t the only one looking, my best friend also couldn’t find anything we liked. I also mentioned that there are a few vulnerabilities that are open in XP (such as the recent security vulnerability that caused for the release of Firefox 22.214.171.124) which affects IE. Leaving a computer vulnerable to attack is not “support” in my point of view, so I think my point is still valid. But this isn’t me versus Vista and I wasn’t creating lies to make Ubuntu look better, in fact I written before that I dislike the us versus Windows mentality.
Yet, I can’t help but be slightly disturbed by the idea of being called a fan boy of Ubuntu. Do I consider myself a fanboy? Wikipedia says “Fanboys remain loyal to their particular obsession, disregarding any factors that differ from their point of view.” But I don’t think this is true, I see some uses for Windows, I know several people who refuse to let go of Windows for their games, Mathmatica, Photoshop, AutoCAD etc etc. Sure there are some free replacements but have you ever really tried to run Mathmatica-replacements instead of the real thing? So no, I don’t consider myself a fanboy but I do consider myself a strong proponent of Ubuntu. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: I’m here for the community. Aptitude is nice, but I can use Debian. 6-month based releases are nice, but plenty of projects do regular releases as well. The community really seals the deal and is the reason for the wild success of Ubuntu. People seem to think in some way we are just mindless drones that just talk about Ubuntu, work on Ubuntu, write Digg posts about Ubuntu etc. Well thats true to a point but we aren’t mindless :-). There are some great minds at work cranking out great tools like Migration Assistant which is what people want, its tools like this that make people go crazy on Digg. So do I consider myself a fanboy? No. But I’m also not blind to what we I see around us, I see a ton of people excited about our work because there is a lot to be excited about. I’m thinking some people are just haters that can’t stand to see Ubuntu in the news day in and day out. I can sympathize to a point because I used to be like that (circa Breezy) but I doubt these people really give Ubuntu a chance to experience why its on everybody’s lips. Some people like Gentoo, some people like Foresight Linux, some people like Debian, and a lot of people like Ubuntu. I primarily care about GNU, KDE, and Linux. Whichever flavor people chose is all good to me.