Earlier in the week, my FOSS Force colleague Ken Starks wrote a very poignant column on these pages about how there’s no room for the kind of bullying and other varieties of douchebaggery which seems to appear all too often in forums.
That’s something that really bugs me. Not the fact that Ken brought it up, of course, but the fact that people don’t have the common decency to act with civility in the public realm. When someone responded they way they did to Ken as he describes, I’m grabbing some popcorn because Ken has the unique ability to use words like a Ginsu knife to slice and dice such hapless assclowns before they know what hit them.
But back to my point: The lack of civility and reasonable goodwill that some malcontents show in the FOSS realm bothers me.
Do you know what else bothers me? Glad you asked.
The KDE logo in the default splash screen: I like KDE. I use KDE, now that I have hardware with enough horsepower (namely a Toshiba laptop with 4GB of RAM) to operate it in a relatively easy manner. In addition, KDE is an outstanding desktop environment, far too complicated for what I normally do, but that’s OK. It’s not my favorite desktop environment –- that distinction continues to go to Xfce –- but still, I have nothing but love for KDE.
But whose idea was it to make the KDE icon on the default splash screen literally twice the size of the other icons? For those who aren’t KDE users, you get a march of the icons during the boot process –- hard drive, utilities, Internet connectivity, desktop…and then a huge KDE logo which, I assume, means the desktop environment is ready. But what it really says is “yeah, your system is ready to go, and we at KDE have such an inferiority complex that we have to make the desktop logo twice as big to make sure you know what you’re using.”
C’mon, KDE guys and gals: I’m no graphic artist, but don’t you think it would look cooler if the KDE logo icon was more like the rest of the icons, instead of big enough to appear to have taken performance-enhancing steroids?
The best distro is $MY_DISTRO: Zealots come and zealots go, but they seem to always overstay their welcome in the FOSS realm. You would think that someone who has more than two IQ points to rub together would realize that perhaps his or her distro may not be best for someone else. Sadly, that’s not the case. It’s My Distro Uber Alles for them, and if you’re not using the distro they use, then you must be an idiot.
They’re wrong, of course. We know who the real idiots are, and they need to stop this nonsense.
At last count there were 292 Linux and BSD based distros on Distrowatch. It should be 293 because Bodhi Linux –- and I expect someone to continue developing the distro that Jeff and his team started –- should be on the list and isn’t. But 293 is just the right number of distros; the beauty of FOSS is that you have a choice. Let me repeat that: Choice is good, and the more distros there are, the better it is.
So the best distro? That’s easy –- it’s the one that works for you, period. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. If it’s the ever popular Ubuntu, great. If it’s KXStudio, a Portuguese distro based on Ubuntu leaning toward audio production and ranking at 292 on Distrowatch.com, then more power to you. Anything in between? Cool.
There are other things that bug me too: IKEA, the Los Angeles Dodgers and traffic, but none of that has any relevance here. Got something in the FOSS realm that bugs you? Tell me in the comments.