March 4th, 2009

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09:03 pm - helios - is it linux, or is it just bad stories?
So over at techsupport, I see a link to a blog post about a Linux advocate who supposedly got jumped by Microsoft fans in a gas station parking lot. First of all... wat? But, you know... weird stuff can occasionally happen. Who knows. But the story rings false about ten different ways. And I keep thinking... shit, I know I remember this blog. Helios, Helios...

Yeah, I remembered it all right. This is the same guy who, back in December, managed to get frontpage on slashdot for a story in which, supposedly, an elementary school teacher writes him to call linux "possibly illegal" and accuse him of "holding the children back" and nebulously threaten to sue him for putting it on "disadvantaged children's computers."

Unsurprisingly, the slashdotters congealed into a rabid mass, and demanded contact info on "Karen", the teacher. Helios guy refuses to provide it, and supposedly the slashdotters lit up Texas elementary school phone boards like christmas trees trying to find her anyway, and failing, at which point - again, according to this guy - she calls him tearfully, and he assures her he would never, EVER give up dox on her, and she Learns To See The Light and now thinks linux is teh awesome.

If this doesn't already ring kind of false in your ears, consider this: supposedly, slashdotters descended in a horde and failed to get dox. When is the last time one of the really big communities - slashdot, genmay, /b/, the goons - failed to uncover somebody, especially a non-tech, who aroused their ire?

So, yeah. That was in December. All of three months later, this dude is claiming that techs who service Windows assaulted him physically in a gas station because he is "putting them out of work". Of course there's no police report; of fucking course he tells it that the big, hulking guy got physical, threatened to "give him a tour of the parking lot" and... ::camera cut:: the big guy is on the ground! YAAAAY, our hero won teh fight!

Jesus fucking christ.

This is not the kind of publicity linux needs. I have no idea whether or not this guy has actually done much of any real work on a "distro" of his own, or how many "disadvantaged children" he's given computers with Linux on them; but I do know these stories stink to high heaven and I don't want to see any damn more of them.

Exhibit One: In Which Our Hero Schools The Schoolteacher

Exhibit Two: In Which Our Hero Triumphs At Fisticuffs

Side notes for those who don't know me personally: the only Microsoft product I own is an Xbox 360 - and that's gathering dust next to the PS3, which I greatly prefer. Every computer I own runs either Linux or FreeBSD. I service and sell all platforms professionally, but prefer when possible to use either Ubuntu Server or FreeBSD for server infrastructure. If that isn't enough to brand me "not-a-microsoft-fanboy", see - that's mine.


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[User Picture] From: simoncion
Date: March 5th, 2009 - 04:02 am
Pff. MSFT fanboi.

One of those doxless slashtards.

[User Picture] From: rorted
Date: March 5th, 2009 - 11:28 am
This guy takes being a foaming anti-M$/pro-Linux zealot to a new and scary level. It's interesting to watch how he progresses from writing (badly) a smug "reply" to... well, himself, to publicly fantasising Bruce Lee style encounters with imaginary pro-Windows villains.

Clowns like this guy simply perpetuate geek-with-a-chip-on-their-shoulder stereotype that many associate with Linux fanboys. Simply put, they are no-value people who hurt more than they help the FOSS movement.

-Posted using Firefox on my Ubuntu laptop

[User Picture] From: discogravy
Date: March 5th, 2009 - 01:10 pm
he's one of the /. editors i think, or at least a staff member -- he's been writing for /. for at least 6 or 7 years now (i remember his posting stories on the frontpage before i did tech support at the uni, ~7 years ago)

[User Picture] From: discogravy
Date: March 5th, 2009 - 01:10 pm
also, yeah, you're a non-MS-shill now....

[User Picture] From: herbaliser
Date: March 5th, 2009 - 07:06 pm
lol, he and Nick used to argue about MSFT's plot for world domination. That was like, 7 years ago.

[User Picture] From: clme
Date: March 6th, 2009 - 04:04 am
Man... I remember a pro-MS (or M$, if we're talking /.) Jim that would argue the pants off of Linux fanboys back in 2002/2003. I love seeing the contrast between that Jim and the Jim of today.

I liken the Vista hate now to the same hate I felt for XP when it came out. Things will change and MS may lose a few percent of the market, and that is fine. Actual competition keeps them busy. People just forget the pains of OS upgrades since it was what... five years between different versions of Windows this time, when they were trying for an every 2 year deployment schedule?

For my part? I spent most of my time on an Ubuntu laptop at home. I have two Vista laptops. I have an XP desktop and a 2k desktop that I use as a server.

Actually, I just set up a second Ubuntu laptop for my wife to use for her network security classes. Then I spent about six hours helping her make poorly written hacking tools to work so she could write about them for a class project. The old xml packages the tools depended on were broken even though I used synaptic to install them. They needed to have their include files all fucking rewritten because they had recursive references to other includes and had the wrong file paths anyway. Grrr. Still, it was nice. I had flashbacks to when I was first learning how to use a computer and things were exciting again. That lasted for the first hour. Then it got old... I began to dread seeing what error 'make' would come up with next.

For those interested, she focused on bluetooth security, and it was pretty neat to see her fuck up my cell phone (after turning the bluetooth on).

[User Picture] From: jimbojones
Date: March 6th, 2009 - 04:35 am
Ur? If it's in Synaptic, there shouldn't actually be any make commands involved.

As far as comparing Vista to XP... man, I hated XP when it came out, too. Nothing like the hate I have for Vista, though.

[User Picture] From: clme
Date: March 6th, 2009 - 08:49 am
The make commands were for the software the wife was using. I just made the mistake of offering to help when she was trying to get some shit to work for class. Script kiddy shit. Unfortunately the coding was as sketchy as the software... which actually I'm OK with. At least some kid with a grudge will have to spend a few hours unfuxxoring it.

I love Synaptic. I really do. 95% of what I can even imagine doing on Ubuntu is listed in there in some fashion, and most of the time it works. I loaded about 20 different dependencies, but the legacy XML libraries needed work. When I tried to use 'make' on the sketchy programs it kept failing because the includes also had includes and included paths to them that were wrong (or, at least, out of date).

I was having flashbacks to the one C+ class I took back in the 90s. Then I just got thankful that I wasn't working with Java and dove into it.

I feel a little dirty though, since I made the software work so she could use it for class. But then she could have just written about the theory too, but this was cooler.

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