Open Source

Webcomic: Linux -- a cautionary tale

Sure, experimenting with Linux is part of the tech lifestyle. What geek hasn't thought about trying it? But the media never tells you about the risks. Nobody ever does... except xkcd.

Linux - a cautionary tale

Sure, experimenting with Linux is part of the tech lifestyle. What geek hasn't thought about trying it? But the media never tells you about the risks. Nobody ever does... except xkcd

About

Jay Garmon has a vast and terrifying knowledge of all things obscure, obtuse, and irrelevant. One day, he hopes to write science fiction, but for now he'll settle for something stranger -- amusing and abusing IT pros. Read his full profile. You can a...

7 comments
fleztek
fleztek

Linux isn't so bad eh? I was "sold" on the idea of Ubuntu, loved the way it ran, more like a Mac. So I took the plunge, stupidly believing all the linux Fanboy Hype. All went well until I wanted to connect my Huwaei E160x USB Wireless Mode, one of the most common of its kind in teh world. An experience that left a distinctly acrid flavour in my mouth. Your brill cartoon brought back the taste immediately. Well done! Described my experience with Linux perfectly. The much-vaunted Linux community suggested I use an ntdr wrapper and all would be easy. Despite following ALL advice to the letter, it locked up my system and destroyed my Win Boot file, replacing it with the Linux equivalent. Unfortunately, my Crystal Ball was down at the time and I could not "read the missing lines" in the Instructions. repeated pleas for help on 3 Linux Help sites returned only mumbo-jumbo and marketing hype. Oh yes, plu plenty of insults about Windows users who aren't with it enough, not really "up there," technically enough, to appreciate Linux. Yeah, right, what about all teh Linux Crap Artists telling us Windows Users how EASY it is to change over?

boxfiddler
boxfiddler

Only within the last year have I discovered that xorg does, in fact, cause trouble now and then. Trouble that I have to find someone to help me fix! :^0

NickNielsen
NickNielsen

I know this guy...he lives two doors down and screams during thunderstorms! :^0

AlexNagy
AlexNagy

Linux isn't that bad anymore, and I'd daresay hasn't been as far back as 2 years ago. Be nice to your local Linux geek.

seanferd
seanferd

"ntdr wrapper" No such animal. I'll bet you somehow confused the Windows NTLDR and ndiswrapper and hosed your system, despite these things being in entirely different filesystems. (I'm kidding, this shouldn't be possible.) You have to use ndiswrapper if the stupid network card maker won't release the API or even the specs. This isn't the fault of the Linux development community. You cannot possibly overwrite your Windows bootloader while installing a wrapper for a wireless NIC driver. You either did it when installing Ubuntu by doing something wrong, or had some other problem entirely. The Windows bootloader is easily fixed. Did anyone in the "MS community" tell you how? Oh - I know. You had the problem after removing Ubuntu from your system. Best to remove it correctly and restore the bootloader (it gets backed up) before removing the other OS, or you can possibly do it from the bootloader itself - I'm not sure what Ubuntu is using, but it has to give you at least options for choosing between the two operating systems, because no MS bootloader can do that, even though many others can. If you liked the comic, thank Randall Munroe: http://xkcd.com/ Jay was awesome for posting it, but he didn't create it, and he is no longer at TR. http://www.jaygarmon.net/ The blog entry is two and a half years old.

Slayer_
Slayer_

Finally someone else notices Ubuntu looks a lot like a Mac. Anyways, use the TR questions forum if you need help. Unlike those Ubuntu forums and such which has a large number of elitists, here many of the members have jobs support users and do plenty of Linux installs.

TtfnJohn
TtfnJohn

We don't want to get too serious about things do we? ;-) ttfn John

Editor's Picks