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The Tragedy of Linux: You Can Hack an OS, But You Can't Hack People

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I've been promising a follow-up to Ubuntu is not Linux. Because the broad point that I'm trying to make needs to be hammered down, I will explain it again and again and again, more and more clearly each time.

Why is this idea so apparently hard for others to grasp and so nose-on-my-face evident to me? Perhaps I'm more socialized than my geek peers. I took a psychology course once. I've always been fascinated by sociology and culture studies. And I worked a couple years in my youth as a taxi driver. You find out all kinds of things about people that you wouldn't otherwise. Perhaps it is this forbidden fruit of knowledge of human nature that puts such a gulf between me and the geek world. I balance my computer knowledge with my people knowledge, while other geeks stay more exclusively computer-knowledge.

Of all the responses I got, probably the one that came the closest to showing understanding is - are you ready for this? - this post at ITWire! Titled "Linux winds of change: friction between Ubuntu and old guard", the author, Stan Beer, at least earns a B in grasping this slippery concept. He correctly understands these points:

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