So, something has been bugging me quite a bit lately within not just the overall community, but ours specifically as well. Tribalism. Alan Pope does a Telegram “podcast” thing where he shares small tidbits of his thoughts on things. Today he made one talking about tribalism in the Linux community and how whenever there are two of anything people will argue over which is better.
This is absurd, immature, and extremely common behavior in nerd/geek circles. Linux is no different here.
Whether it is a desktop environment, a book series, phone operating system, or any number of silly and immature arguments. Personally, as a GNOME user, I am frequently bombarded with comments about how GNOME is terrible, the design is terrible, etc. and how I should be using Plasma or XFCE or whatever else. It gets real old real fast.
So, what I am saying is that you can have a preference for something. There’s nothing wrong with that. However, the notion that we have to tear down someone else’s preferences just to make ours seem like the “right choice” is ludicrous and damaging. We should all strive to understand the positions others take rather than belittle them or tear apart their choices as if it will build up our own. We should always strive to be better people and more understanding regardless of the person’s preference of technology or geek culture.