Quite a mouthful
Summary: New examples of Android FUD and GNU/Linux FUD
One newly identified pattern of FUD revolves around usability and as Jeff Hoogland puts it: “I caught this article on the news feed of my favorite Linux news site this morning and I must say it upsets me a lot. The too long/didn’t read version of this guy’s article is that Android is “usable” for most users, while he finds desktop Linux lacking in the usability department. He cites a number of reasons why the distribution he selected (Fedora) isn’t “usable” compared to Android. Honestly all of them are your normal anti-desktop Linux FUD and I am tired of it.
“Being nonchalant about the FUD would be unwise.”“Oh man – all your hardware doesn’t work with the distribution you are using, but your Android device works great? Let me guess – you bought a device with Android preinstalled. Your “Linux computer” on the other hand you installed yourself. You also didn’t research the hardware. You just expected Linux to work with every piece of hardware that exists. I’m not sure who told you Linux worked with 100% of hardware, but guess what? They lied. Linux works with a great deal of hardware, but not all of it. If you bought your own copy of Windows or OSX and tried to install it on non-supported hardware you better believe their parent companies would tell you to get supported hardware. Why are you treating Linux differently?”
And on it goes. People tend to forget that Linux has superb hardware support and it can deal with a huge number of configurations. Android limits choice (not to the extent Apple does), so it offers something which can be guaranteed to work. The same goes for software installation. Over at CNET we find the same old FUD wherein untrusted sources of installation get used to FUD Android (malware installed willingly by the user). Shame on CNET for Olympic-flavour garbage reporting. Android FUD will continue to spread as long as Android is a leader, not an underdog. Being nonchalant about the FUD would be unwise. █