I don’t care if it’s GNU, Linux is better

Something constantly annoys me in the Linux space, yes I’m calling it Linux, deal with it. It’s not the only thing that annoys me, but one of the bigger things.

When people bitch and moan about “Erm the correct term is GNU/Linux!” they sound like the most pedantic and petty people around, and it’s so very boring now.

People talk about “being correct”, but to be correct if we are going down this route shouldn’t a typical distro be called:
GNU/Linux/Debian/Ubuntu/Mint/Cinnamon

I mean come on, Mint is built on Ubuntu which also builds on Debian. If we are talking about “tools” used to create something which is often the argument about saying GNU/Linux is because it’s built with GNU tools. Well distributions are built up from masses of packages and tools, so why should GNU tools be singled out?

Without a desktop like Cinnamon (my personal choice, or kde, gnome, xfce whatever) then it’s not really a desktop Linux distribution in the common use of the term (who is going to use a pure text terminal distribution? Don’t be fucking daft!).

Just call it Linux. Linux is a more accepted and common term (don’t even try to argue that, as it’s only “GNU/Linux” people who ever argue it because it’s not the common term).

GNU/Linux sounds crap. Linux sounds nice. Do some people have nothing better to do than lecture the shit out of someone halfway across the world on their personal preference in naming? Sad, sad people.

Call it what you want, but I will continue to use the plain and nice term of “Linux”, and you call it whatever you want, but don’t lecture me on your choices because it’s boooooooring.

Two Weeks Today

It has been two weeks today since I stepped down as the main editor for GamingOnLinux and I’ve never been more relaxed, so it’s done its job.

It’s funny how there’s still so much background work to be done even when I’m not editing that no one really sees, and it gives me time to focus on that long put off coding TODO list. I really hate TODO lists.

I am still wondering if it’s ever a good idea for me to return to writing articles directly. A lot of people have asked/are still asking me to come back, so who knows, but after all the support that talked up in favour of me it’s certainly not impossible for me to come back.

Liam stepping down was a play for ratings, omgz!

I’ve been reading some funny comments recently on the “drama” of me stepping down from writing articles for GamingOnLinux. I get emails every day still in support of me and shunning trolls who gave me hate-mail.

Part of what I get emailed to me are links and quotes to people claiming this was all to get extra hits for GamingOnLinux, and to put down any comment about *other site* on a certain reddit. Oh my!

Just to note: GOL got extra hits for a single day because of it, and then it levelled out back to normal. So, if it really was an attempt by to get extra hits then it didn’t exactly succeed now did it? GOL’s traffic is back to exactly where it was before I left, so nothing has changed.

The only thing that has changed is more people probably know about *insert website*, so really I did them quite the favour.

Keep it coming folks, I sure do love people’s speculation like this.

Surviving the fallout

I decided to step down from writing on http://www.GamingOnLinux.com and the flood gates have remained open. I am still working behind the scenes on “stuff”, so I’m not completely gone.

First of all thank you to everyone who has supported me, and continues to do so. The emails, PM’s and stuff I’ve been getting have been truly humbling. I’ve never ever seen this much support for myself and GOL it’s really amazing, and if people were this nice every day the internet would be a fantastic place to be. There have been a small minority of people calling me things like a “whiner”, but I’m much more than a whiner. I am just a vocal person who has feelings and needed to speak up about the abuse I’ve been getting over the years that was amplified rather a lot recently.

I am still writing for Linux Voice right now, so that’s great as the guys there are fantastic at what they do, and they don’t participate in this hateful crap ever. All they do is write awesome stuff, do their podcast and attend events. That’s exactly how it should be.

I’ve taken a lot away from it, and I think Phoronix sums it up best:
“*Take valid criticism — both positive and negative — for what it’s worth, and move on. At the end of the day just keep your head high, remain committed to what you believe in, and do your best.* ”
I wish I had Michael’s strength of character. He is also on the end of a lot of it, and I really admire him for continuing on. He does some stupid things like taking quotes from others (including me) without source linking, but apart from that he’s generally awesome, and nice to actually talk to as well.

I’ve blocked the haters, and will keep on blocking people who make idiotic remarks at me on whatever social media website I continue using. I’ve also blocked myself visiting certain websites at the router level, so I’m going to learn to keep myself away from certain communities. Hopefully after a while it will become second nature to me to not even attempt to visit certain sites that I know trash talk me.

When people hurl abuse at you and bring your kids into it you really do have to take a step back and go “wooow wait a minute this is getting out of hand”, and so that’s part of what led me to quit writing on GamingOnLinux. It certainly didn’t help that this year I split from my partner which continues to take its toll on me, but not as much as it did before.

I do wish to return to write for GOL sometime, but what will happen if I do? Who will I be? I imagine certain websites will explode with hate towards me, and as one email put it “wear it as a badge of honour”. I like that idea. If I do return to GOL then I will do so as a stronger person, and to be frank I don’t give a shit what people call me when I do, as it’s still my website, so I can do what I like.

I’m taking a long break that’s for sure, so we will have to see what happens in future, but for now I have this blog to keep me occupied and rant on. Even if no one reads it then it shall just be a place to vent my mind when no one is around, and I like that.

I am human and I make as many mistakes as the next person, so remember that the next time you want to call me names. Here are some choice ones “hypo-cunt”, “whiner”, “baby”, [insert colourful name here].