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Preston Gralla: Why you Shouldn’t Care
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| In this weeks (May 18th, 2009) Computerworld print edition’s opinion
| column “Desktop Linux: Why you Shouln’t Care” Preston Gralla (who?) bashes
| Linux for no apparent reason other than to bash something he obviously knows
| nothing about. I’ve never heard of this guy before so I checked out the rest
| of his blog post, and to my surprise (note the sarcasm) yep he loves his
| Microsoft. It’s fine to love your operating system of choice but it’s another
| thing to spread out right lies about the operating system you choose not to
Careers In Linux Journalism-- No Knowledge Required!
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| My current favorite horrid example is Dana Blankenhorn's famous "someone
| please send a Linux laptop" column, written in July 2008:
| "I have written about, and been written to about, Linux laptops for some
| time. Now is a good time to take the plunge. So I am asking for a review
| unit. "
| How can one craft any sort of response other than WTF??! But let us not be
| hasty. The Internet is already full of hasty, kneejerk flamers and uninformed
| pontificators, and we do not want to be like them. Perhaps there is more to
| this story, so let us make use of the very secret weapon that nobody in tech
| journalism knows about: Google. I've been reading Mr. Blankenhorn's column
| for some years, and between my cluttered old memory and Google I do not find
| any indication that he had ever actually touched a Linux PC until September
| "My first Linux laptop is the ASUS EeePC."
| Be still my heart.
| Preston Gralla, famous Windows author, wrote a good article about his first
| serious Linux experience Living free with Linux: 2 weeks without Windows. But
| again, WTF??! Another technology writer who has been writing about Linux for
| years without knowing anything about it:
| "Now, I recognize that a few hours of using desktop Linux isn’t a true
| test drive. But if you want someone to throw over their habits of a more
| than a dozen years, you’ve got to wow them right away. And Linux didn’t
| do that for me."
| Like, heavy, man. This doesn't even rise to piffle-- it's piffle lite.
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