Short bio: Computer Scientist, FOSS supporter (read more)
Tux Machines (TM)-specific
I was obviously standing in the wrong place, because I could not help overhearing a group of IT professionals speaking about Linux. Few, if any, had positive words. In most cases they mentioned the word Linux and let out bellowing laughs. Then there were the Linux jokes, mocking the Linux founder Linus Torvalds, laughing up the pronunciation.
I must admit that the Linux t-shirt I was wearing did not start me off on a neutral footing with these technologists. However, I had hoped for some dialogue rather than a sparring contest. I can spar too. Over the years, having to fight for every inch of logic and reason, I've developed quite a technique myself.
However, on this particular evening in the hallway, I was not interested in a battle but an opinion.
I was trying to figure out why people can become so certain of their own position that they no longer consider other possibilities.