Linux gets converged
Most people who use Microsoft or Apple operating systems for their personal computers probably could not care less about the nature of the corporations which produce those vitally important collections of software. They likely do not particularly mind the fact that those same corporations are heavily SJW-converged and that, as a result, their operating systems become more bloated, inefficient, stupid, irritating, and just plain shitty with every subsequent release.
And most such people have likely never really thought about the possibility of exploring alternatives to Microsoft's Windows 10 or Apple's OS X.
Linux users (like me) are not "most people".
We like to have an operating system that lets us do what we want with it. We like to use a system that is completely free (as in "free beer") and which lets us play with it however we want. We like to have a truly staggering array of free and paid software available that lets us do whatever we want to do in whatever field we choose.
Linux itself refers to a family of operating systems based around the Linux kernel, originally compiled by Linus Torvalds using Richard Stallman's GNU C compiler and distributed using the GNU General Public License. And that is about all the history that one really needs to know about Linux, because its development history is long, complicated, and only really interesting to serious geeks.
What you do need to know is that, these days, with the widespread and completely free availability of Linux distributions like Mandriva, Ubuntu, Mint, and several others - especially Mint - you now have a powerful, stable, easy-to-install, easy-to-use, beautiful-looking, richly-featured alternative to Windows and OS X, which runs on practically anything and puts you squarely in charge of how your computer looks and feels.
I personally use Linux Mint. I have convinced readers of this blog to use Linux Mint - and of course ended up performing long-distance tech support, from as many as twelve time zones away, for the same. I wholeheartedly recommend it for anyone other than the really serious gamer, because Linux Mint pretty much just... works. It is based on the venerable Debian architecture of Linux, and as such it is highly robust, stable, extensible, and has access to a truly gigantic number of packages and software options.
So it was with considerable alarm, then, that I greeted the news that the Linux Kernel Mailing List, which consists of a very large email group of all of the core Linux kernel developers, has now adopted a Code of Conduct - created by none other than SJW arch-daemon "Cancer" Coraline Ada Ehmke - after Linus himself apologised for being highly abusive toward other developers and coders on the mailing list.
To understand why this was such a colossally stupid mistake, you have to understand something about the concept of a "Code of Conduct". And for this, we must turn to the work of none other than our beloved and dreaded Supreme Dark Lord (PBUH), Voxemortus Malevolus I.
A Code of Conduct is nothing short of a full license granted to SJWs to hunt down and eradicate those who are "guilty" of being "offensive", because the terms of any CoC are extremely nebulous when it comes to what does, and does not, constitute "being offensive". Try reading through Cancer Coraline's "Contributor Covenant" and you will immediately spot the problem as long as you have more than two brain cells to rub together:
Examples of behavior that contributes to creating a positive environment include:
- Using welcoming and inclusive language
- Being respectful of differing viewpoints and experiences
- Gracefully accepting constructive criticism
- Focusing on what is best for the community
- Showing empathy towards other community members
- The use of sexualized language or imagery and unwelcome sexual attention or advances
- Trolling, insulting/derogatory comments, and personal or political attacks
- Public or private harassment
- Publishing others’ private information, such as a physical or electronic address, without explicit permission
- Other conduct which could reasonably be considered inappropriate in a professional setting
You could not be more fuzzy about what exactly constitutes harassment and unacceptable conversation if you wrapped the whole thing up in cotton wool.