Zealotry [was Re: how to install lxml in window xp?]

Noah Hall noah.hall at fuduntu.org
Fri Jan 13 02:29:09 EST 2012


On Fri, Jan 13, 2012 at 5:47 AM, alex23 <wuwei23 at gmail.com> wrote:
> On Jan 13, 3:02 pm, Steven D'Aprano <steve
> +comp.lang.pyt... at pearwood.info> wrote:
>> Why is it that only Linux and Mac users are accused of being "zealots"?
>
> Incidentally, in the post I replied to, Tamer was talking about
> Windows 7, so there's that too.

I agree with what you posted.

If there was a single bad thing I would point out to anyone about the
Python community, it would be that there are a huge amount of
"freetards" - people who believe that Linux is the only way, or that
Linux is the best way. Protip: It's not the only way, and it's not
always the best way.

Use what works for you. If Windows works for you, great. Same applies
to every OS. It's not then unreasonable to ask others for support for
that OS - they may not have the ability to provide support, but it's
always good to ask. If you have no choice in the matter, sucks to be
you, but live with it. Worse things have happened than having to use
Windows XP, as much as I *personally* dislike XP.

Claiming that x OS is best, and that every other OS is rubbish is
insane. Different operating systems do things differently, and are
therefore suited for different tasks and for different people.

Suggesting to someone that doing a task is easier on a different OS -
"Yeah, I can't help you but I might I suggest you do Python
development on Linux - these sort of problems are much easier to
handle when you have a package manager system and Linux distros have
awesome Python support"  is fine and perfectly sensible - "USE LINUX
OMFG!111!! YOU'RE SO LAME, WINDOZE SUCKS OMFG YOU N00B! I'M SO COOL
USE MY HARDCORE GENTOO INSTALL THAT TOOK 36 HOURS AND SHAVED 2 SECONDS
OFF MY BOOTUP TIME! LOOK AT THE SPINY COMPIZ CUBE! I DON'T KNOW WHAT I
DID BEFORE I COULD MAKE MY DESKTOP CUBE-Y!", as in the post you
referred to, is not.

I see this kind of nonsense everywhere, but it tends to be in the
Linux and Apple community more - I've no idea why, probably has
something to do with being a minority.

For reference, I am a Linux developer who uses Windows, Linux, *BSD
and OS X, each in a place where it's suitable.

tl;dr - Use what works for you. Suggest, don't preach.



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