That is something that needs to be improved on. Abhishek goes to great lengths to be nice and has that “talk like you out in public” culture. Things quickly snowball on the online discussion Linux forum. Hex chat is good in my experience, but other people have said negative things about it. I think the Linux community good be better overall. Linus Torvalds opened his big mouth recently and said Donald Trump is a “s___ stain on humanity.” I was doing a search for Linus and didn’t want to know this. I always get nervous with celebrities telling me who to vote for. Particularly with comments like that. Now I know he seems like a hard leftist and he’s insulted millions of people who voted for him. He lives in the United States and the welcome mat was spread out for him. America is supposed to be a democracy and the focus for him should be obvious: Linux! Not politics!
I remember going on chat and asking about certain things. I didn’t talk about politics but it was about everyday problems one might expect and things quickly snowballed. I was accused of being a snowflake and attacked for liking the software center. Every time I made comments about something I was talked down to.
I was pleased to know that Abhishek has doubled down on updates for Linux Mint and mirrors what he said in the conversation I had with him and others here. I had a fantasy of upgrading again but yeah I will do a clean install when the time comes: https://itsfoss.com/upgrade-linux-mint-version/ I didn’t know he was a developer, but he’s a very professional person. It’s sad that Windows/Mac updates are superior. I wish that wasn’t true. Most of the time nothing happened and when one time something went wrong, I kinda new that yeah… my computer was on the way out anyway (first time I TRIED upgrading Windows 10. But I’ve said ‘goodbye’ to Windows and use Linux full time. I was shocked to learn that people who are invested with Linux (big donors that are special board members) DON’T USE LINUX AT THE CONFERENCES!! It’s incredulous! I wear my heart on my sleave and get behind something like Linux and literally do use it. That has to change as well at the headquarters, but obviously we have no power over that or even what happens from distro to distro.
I keep getting emails about coming back and here I am. And I wish Linux people were nicer to newer people. In real life people are tolerant on LGBT, race and religion. So why can’t we be like this here? I swear people were heavy handed on the Linux Mint community and it was uncalled for. People get very snobby and have “cliques” (for want of a better word) or elitists like Distrotube on Youtube. Not that I hate the guy, he’s very good, but why does he think everyone should be elitist and like Linux that way? And why is Chris Titus seen as not committed to Linux? But, these people are entitled to their opinions and I have nothing against them. I was trying to make a point. But the main thing is the attitude in the forums gets in the way. Chat moderators make sure you are on topic in chat with Hex Chat. And I think that’s a good model to go by.
I remember with the Windows culture, we never use to have these weird discussions. We simply didn’t give a f___! If someone was an elitist everyone had a “live and let live” mentality. The mentality was like if you want more modifications on your car or firearm “that’s up to you.”
Anyway, I want Linux Mint to excel with customer service. I have this post because I know Linux Mint is excellent and I want people to enjoy it! You can run Windows games in Steam (if you have a modern computer and with a little tinkering it can work and gamepads work as well like Logitech.) You don’t have to have Adobe photoshop, there’s always an equivalent of everything. Sometimes it might be sad if your workplace demands you use a certain program that’s not officially available on Linux. You can transfer files from your phone to Linux Mint desktop, bluetooth, use printers and scanners and it all works well. I want people to feel that something like Linux Mint is the answer and have a great community that cares! Common sense like the “public” culture of talking to others on this site. Thanks for reading.