After this years “Linux Sucks” video went live a number of, rather odd, rumors were started about what Operating Systems I run.
I’d like to take just a moment to correct some profoundly misinformed individuals. I’m not going to link to the source because I simply do not want to reward them for coming up with this blather. The first rumor:
“He said in the presentation ‘Im running Linux’ while pointing to a Windows 8 tablet.”
Amusing side-note: The very first year that I did my “Linux Sucks” presentation (2008?)… the laptop I was using was running Ubuntu. And, when we plugged the projector into the VGA port on the laptop, it wouldn’t work. Took 15 minutes and help from two Linux devs in the room to make the projector and the Linux-powered laptop play nicely.
Luckily, considering the topic at hand, this was an amusing way to start out.
This year the Linux Sucks presentation was run on a Lenovo S10-3T convertible netbook running openSUSE 13.1 with GNOME Shell as the desktop environment.
Worth noting that it worked perfectly. Not a single hiccup.
“i dont know what he uses at this exact time, because I never saw him use his phone at LFNW [Linux Fest NorthWest] this year, but Chris has mentioned that all throughout when Bryan was on LAS… he used an Iphone.”
I actually don’t have a phone right now. My S3 died a little while back and I decided to use my Nexus 7 tablet tethered to a portable hotspot for my “phone” needs. Currently using a combination of Google Voice for my text messaging /primary number and Skype for the actual calls.
Works pretty well.
And as for the whole “I used an iPhone all throughout my LAS days” thing… not quite.
I had an iPhone for a spell. Was never truly satisfied with it and it died, I kid you not, when it was accidentally dropped into a cup of Tang. The iPhone freaked out and started displaying messages that “this accessory is not supported”. Then the battery started expanding, cracked open the iPhone shell, and it died a rather impressive death.
Apparently iPhone’s aren’t compatible with Tang. Who knew?
I’m pretty confident that particular story was even told during an episode of the Linux Action Show. Or during a speech somewhere. I know I relayed that anecdote to some audience… because it amused me.
The majority of my LAS days I ran a few different phones. My favorite (and longest lasting) was the N900. But I also ran some Ericsson T-SomethingOrOther dumb candy bar phone. Also in the early days I had a Sidekick (which was actually pretty neat), a Tilt (which is a Windows Mobile phone) and… seems like I’m missing one…
Now I’m pretty doggone sure that my old co-Host, Chris, would not have started this rumor. He was always a big Mac guy and usually had an iPhone (I think he owned every single iteration up through the 3GS and 4) and did all of his primary computing on a Mac (with some occasional Windows usage). So the guy that made that statement must have made up his source as well.
One, final rumor:
“in talking to others that have worked with him in the past and present, he uses windows as his daily – even when he was on LAS”
Back during my Linux Action Show days I was always a “predominantly Linux” guy. Because I was working on cross platform software I also had one Mac and one Windows box. I needed them for testing and builds. And, not gonna lie, for the occasional game on Windows.
Nowadays I don’t have a Mac. But I do have one Windows-powered machine: A Lenovo Miix 2 8″ tablet (which I have talked about rather quite a lot). It’s an awesome piece of hardware that is absolutely hobbled by the fact that it only really runs Windows 8.1 at the moment. I’ve been installing builds of a custom version of Fedora (called, adorably, Fedlet) every week or so. But, right now, the WiFi doesn’t work. Once that (and a few other problems) are resolved you better believe that Miix 2 is going to become a full time Fedora tablet. (No other Linux distro is even close to running on that hardware right now.)
My primary work machines are: A Nexus 7 (seriously… I do a lot of writing on that thing with a Logitech keyboard) and a Sony laptop running openSUSE 13.1. The Sony is the most powerful of my rigs… but it doesn’t get used for much except some audio and video work (all in Linux). Oh and I have virtual machines loaded up with Haiku and FreeDOS that get a lot of usage too.
These (weird and pointless) rumors started from members of the Jupiter Broadcasting team. People who, really, should know better. Jupiter Broadcasting was, from the moment I handed over editing duties to my former co-host, run almost entirely on MacOS X.
In fact this last weekend, at Linux Fest NorthWest, the Jupiter Broadcasting crew were using software called Wirecast (either on Windows or MacOS X… as that’s where that software runs) to record and stream everything that they were doing.
And, you know what? That’s okay. That’s just an example of people using the tools that are best suited for the task at hand (or, perhaps more accurately, simply the tools that they’re most familiar with for accomplishing that task). Does the fact that the Linux Action Show was recording, at a Linux festival, on a Mac (most likely) hurt the show they produced? I don’t think so.
In other words: No biggy.
Hopefully that settles that. Oh, and in the future… feel free to ask me about the software and hardware I’m using. I love talking about it.
Or, if you’re going to make stuff up about me… at least make it something cool. Tell people I only run RiscOS or something. Oooh. Or an Amiga 1200. Tell people that I do everything on an Amiga 1200.