Zealotry [was Re: how to install lxml in window xp?]
steve+comp.lang.python at pearwood.info
Fri Jan 13 00:02:09 EST 2012
On Thu, 12 Jan 2012 18:50:13 -0800, alex23 wrote:
> Tamer Higazi <th9... at googlemail.com> wrote:
>> So, instead of making yourself continuously headache for an outdated OS
>> I advise [...]
> Please don't recommend people use another OS when they ask an explicit
> question about a particular OS. It just makes you come across as a
Why is it that only Linux and Mac users are accused of being "zealots"?
If I ask how to install (say) MYOB or Photoshop on Linux, and people tell
me that I will have to use Windows if I want to easily run that software,
I don't accuse them of being a zealot.
I've had Quicken tell me that Quickbooks can only store its data files on
a Windows file server. The fact that I've been successfully running it in
a VM with the data files stored on a Samba file share without any
problems proves them wrong, but if I accused Quicken technical support of
being "zealots" I'd be considered a loon. Yet Windows users get away with
calling others zealots all the time.
> Not everyone is working within an environment that they control. I'm
> aware of quite a few local government agencies that will be stuck on XP
> for quite some time, expecting any employee of such organisations to
> install whatever they want on their computers is laughable.
That may be true, but the advice remains reasonable advice. If somebody
asks you how to get from Iceland to Norway by car, it is perfectly
reasonable to tell them that they will find it much easier to use a plane
or boat. The existence of people who, for whatever reason, can't or won't
use a plane or boat doesn't change the fact that using a car will be
extremely difficult, if not impossible.
Some Windows users are so used to being the centre of the computing
universe that any time they hit a problem that is easier to solve on
another OS, and people dare remind them of that fact, they get their nose
out of joint.
If your OS does everything you need it to do, great. I personally am
happy running Windows Server 2000 for my needs, and don't need any
Windows software that doesn't run on it. But my sympathies go out to
those who are stuck (for whatever reason) on an OS (of any flavour) that
doesn't do what they want. Just don't blame the messenger.
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