The proud warriors of FOSS

It’s only bad, when the others do it: After years and years of name callings (windoze, m$, microsheep, microslaves, wintards..), a FOSS disciple is getting pissed because of the term “freetard”:

http://www.debiantutorials.org/freetard-is-a-dirty-word-miscellaneous-linux-304

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“Freetard is a Dirty Word

I’m really bothered by the term “freetard”. It is used to denigrate those of us out there that are too smart to pay for certain glitzy operating systems coming from a couple highly touted but severely anti-citizen operating systems.

In fact, those people that choose to pay for, run, and suffer from said highly touted but convoluted operating systems, have developed sort of seething hate for us that get better for free. It bothers me because it’s mob-rules mentality and those espousing the term seem to be the empty-headed and loud ones that others listen to. Oof. Haven’t we learned yet that the loudest among us are usually the most fool-hardy?

People like the word because it’s catchy, but it’s dangerous. “Freeloading Retard”. Oof. Words have meaning, they carry a weight. If enough people start to say, or worse yet, believe in such a word, it gets adopted as gospel by the teeming masses. Those too dumb to think for themselves. Then we would actually have a problem. Would you fight your brother because some punk kid in Omaha decided to get pissy at his ex-girlfriend for running Linux and not suffering like he does running Windows? Would you follow that punk by calling others freetards? I know, I know, media mentality – “TELL ME WHAT TO THINK!”

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I feel for you, I really do. You are probably a very nice person, other than your seething jealousy and your condemning ways. Beneath that I think that you are just hurt. You’re feeling badly about your horrible decisions (or lack thereof) and you desperately need another to blame. Well, look elsewhere, pal. I certainly didn’t twist your arm to buy what you did. Hell, I have been trying to help you for years to break away from your mistake and show you something better.

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So, labeling me a freetard because I make better choices than you is false. Labeling me freetard because my choice of software is vastly superior to yours and free, is a cry for help because you have sunk yourself and you can’t, or won’t, lift a finger to bail out, or to correct. You can call me (and all of us) other things, though and you would be right. Here is a list for you in case you have forgotten or cannot see:

independent
citizen
smart
resourceful
frugal
insightful
take charge
clever
leader
trend-setter

Here are some things that open source coders, users and advocates are not:

suckers
followers
codependent
wasteful
victims
consumers

Those of us fighting for and using open source software are the same ones that would line the streets against a rouge government or invader or some other catastrophic national emergency. Not the consumers among us, they are the ones that would need the help. It’s us, the insightful and resourceful free-thinkers that would step-up.

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Another egomaniac with delusions of grandeur.

People like this are exactly the ones I mean with my “hate post” here:
https://penguinday.wordpress.com/2010/08/10/monumental-hate-post/

The post by this, yes, freetard, just oozes hypocrisy. Getting upset about “freetard” is just ridiculous, when at the same time FOSS advocates can’t seem to find the S key when writing “MS”.

The assertion that only freetards are able to think for themselves, while all others are not, doesn’t warrant a commentary. Just look at slashdot, without copy and pasting, and herd mentality, foss forums would just die (in soviet russia… ? ? ? ? .. profit, MS teh suxors, i’ve read somewhere!!)

And of course, chosing a system that’s not Linux is a “horrible decision”. The Ubuntu Forums are full of people who have chosen Linux, but it didn’t suit them at the end:

http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1136106
http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1140855
http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1133336
http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1141426
http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=997919
http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1139592
http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1139572
http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1143729
http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1150169
http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1138706
http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1064810
http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=837019
http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1129991
http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1211020
http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1211539
http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1212276
http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1182218
http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1233487

I am not, in turn, saying  that Linux is horrible, just that it isn’t the choice for everyone. And many people (the vast vast majority actually) are quite happy with their, non Linux, choice.

That stupid list at the end alone would be reason enough to give him the obnoxious dick award for life, but the few lines at the very end that I made bold, make it just beyond everything.

“Those of us fighting for and using open source software are the same ones that would line the streets against a rouge government or invader or some other catastrophic national emergency. Not the consumers among us, they are the ones that would need the help. It’s us, the insightful and resourceful free-thinkers that would step-up.”

Asshole. I am pretty sure that most of the fire fighters and other helpers that were on scene on 911, the Madrid bombings etc. were not freetards. This is ridiculous beyond belief, to measure the character of a human being just by his choice of software.

Another ego, that got inflated beyond repair:

http://chandrashekar.info/

“Chandrashekar Babu
Sharing the light of Software Freedom since 1997 A.D.”

Good God, what a proud FOSS warrior. Slaying the evil proprietary devils along the way.

Blessed shall he be.

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