Bryan Lunduke is extremely famous among the Linux community for several reasons, but the main one is undoubtedly his series of videos called “Linux Stinks”. The first time that Lunduke gave one of these talks was over there in 2009 and since then he has repeated it almost every year.
Usually the talks begin Bryan Lunduke is extremely famous among the Linux community for several reasons, but the main one without a doubt is his series of videos called “Linux Stinks”. The first time that Lunduke gave one of these talks was over there in 2009 and since then he has repeated it almost every year.
Usually the talks start by explaining all the reasons why Linux, then, sucks. But they usually end up in a positive tone explaining the reasons why it’s also great. The 2018 edition of ‘Linux Stinks’ that has just been published since the Bryan Patreon, has been dubbed “Linux Sucks Forever”, and unlike others, it has a more depressing ending.
Stupid things that people say about Linux
Many things have changed compared to the first time Bryan made a ‘Linux stinks’ and spent an hour complaining that there were no games for Linux. Things are totally different now, those who grew up using Linux in the 90s did not have something like Steam.
When someone says in 2018 that Linux sucks because it has no games, it is simply a fool, because it is not true. And now less, Lunduke filmed this in April of 2018, before we knew about Proton, and the new Windows games emulated in Linux thanks Steam Play.
“There are a lot of ways that people say that Linux sucks, and they’re all wrong.”
Lunduke tells things like he knows an accountant who does ALL his work in web applications and despite that he says he can not work with Linux. What does not make any sense, is totally wrong.
“The only way you can not do your work in Linux is if you develop apps for Windows or Mac”
Other stupid arguments go through the classic “Linux is not easy to use”, and although there are distros that are difficult to use, the vast majority are not. You just have to start with Ubuntu and the list is huge.
That the hardware support is bad, maybe 10 years ago you spent 30 minutes complaining about the WiFi controllers, today that is very rare that happens.
The ways in which Linux does stink
The things that suck in Linux have also changed, and before entering fully into them, Lunduke warns to prepare to get depressed, and you will understand why. The first reason will undoubtedly give you something to talk about: Microsoft.
Bryan starts talking about the past, quotes Ballmer years ago when he said that Linux was a cancer, explains how Microsoft came to claim that Linux violated 253 of their patents and that they deserved royalties, that is, any company that uses Linux should pay them, and sued companies like Tom-Tom for not doing it.
That caused many companies like Novell (the creators of SUSE) to enter into patent protection agreements with Microsoft to avoid lawsuits. It was something common about 8 or 10 years ago, but it still happens. Bryan takes some time to cite in detail Microsoft’s well-known strategy: “Embrace, Extend, Extinguish”; the same that has been cited until the fatigue as predatory and that caused many to reject the purchase of GitHub by Microsoft and move to other services.
Microsoft’s story makes Lunduke very skeptical of the company’s intentions and its new love mantra for open source and Linux
“Adopt, extend, extinguish” refers to how the company first embraces standards or technologies from other companies, then extends its own proprietary technologies over them, and in the end it ends up phagocytizing the product and making it less accessible to those who contributed to its existence in the first place. place.
We live in a world where Microsoft now profiles part of the future of Linux, and have bought a position in the Linux Foundation with a new CEO (Satya Nadella) who spends saying that Microsoft now loves open source and Linux, Lunduke is a Skeptical of Microsoft’s intentions, and it’s not the only one.
Finally, he mentions the new Linux-based operating system that the company recently announced for the Internet of Things, one that requires Visual Studio to be able to program for it. Are you already seeing where the thing is coming from?
Linux adopted, extended Linux, Linux extinguished?
It’s crazy to think that Microsoft can extinguish Linux, it’s free software and open source. But Lunduke dares to call this a “soft extinction.” He believes that Microsoft is taking steps to slowly corrode community efforts.
He believes that the more Microsoft invests in Linux, both in engineering and economically, the more it causes small wounds, tiny ones, but that accumulate, and that sooner or later will have an impact on the open source world.
This is just the first 20 minutes of Bryan’s talk, it still takes 30 more minutes to explain other things that Linux currently sucks, and none is probably what most people would expect. But they have something in common, a more corporate transformation and more distant from the community, including the ridiculous prices of conferences to which an individual without the sponsorship of a company could never go.