infact [sic] ubuntu [sic] is for the mass [sic] and not for pros [sic] — Fabioamd87, Ubuntu Brainstorm
Ubuntu is the Linux distribution that I suggest to new users but in my interactions with the Ubuntu community, I am concerned by the growing “anti-advanced-user” mentality. And I’m not the only one, one of my friends switched to OpenSUSE, advising me to do the same: “Ubuntu is not for you.”
Now, you may be wondering why an advanced user would want to use an “easy” Linux distrobution like Ubuntu. The fact of the matter is that, just because I could, doesn’t mean I want to compile everything by hand. That’s not to say that there aren’t alternatives; I could run SUSE, Gentoo, Debian, et cetera… But I like Ubuntu and would really hate to have to stop using Ubuntu because of something like this.
So, I suppose, the logical next thing to point out is how is this “anti-advanced-user” mentality manifesting itself in the actual software? It’s difficult to see because, in comparison to Mac and Windows, Ubuntu is great for advanced users. But when one starts using other Linux distributions, they begin to notice that Ubuntu is falling behind. Furthermore, this is a trend so one needs to consider not only how it is now, but how it will be in the future.
The problem is self-magnifying: Ubuntu chases off advanced users, they aren’t there to represent themselves. Ubuntu chases off advanced users….
So what can be done to fix the problem? First of all and most importantly, this mentality needs to be fixed: The Ubuntu users who feel that advanced users shouldn’t benefit from Ubuntu need to understand that both beginner and advanced users can use the same Linux distribution and in fact benefit from sharing the same distribution. This will lead to many of the other problems fixing them selves. On the other hand, advanced users need to start giving and promoting suggestions instead of just walking away.
The problem is small right now. Let’s keep it that way.
The Linux community is splintered enough.