Today I was reading a recent article on Forbes website by a supposed ‘contributor’ named Federico Guerrini. Forbes, as you may know, is a popular place for people to go to try to get ‘informed’. His article followed perfectly a kind of template that these ‘tech writers’ for popular media use when discussing Ubuntu.
The format, and you may have seen it before, looks like this:
- I love Ubuntu
- Ubuntu is great
- Here are my recent articles to prove that I can talk tech and have credentials
- Hardware, blah, blah, blah
- Comparison with other operating systems, blah, blah
- Other operating systems are ‘just a little better because they have more apps’
- Apps are oxygen to our lungs and the reason that I live
- <critical missing information about where the future is going
- <critical missing information about non-tech things that matter to our world>
Are you serious, Federico?
Do you not remember when computers first arrived? There were three ‘apps’ – a clock, a calculator and word processor. Oh, wait. No, there was also a game – Oregon Trail on a paper thin floppy disk thing – and it took 10 minutes to load… And people were excited because these computers had the potential to change the world.
I remember just a short time ago when the most amazing mobile operating system was Nokia and Blackberry and now they are nearly distant memories. And they all ‘had apps’.
Apps? Seriously, Federico?. We need to move on past the apps, buddy.
Apps are just the fruit of people’s time and effort and a bunch of lines of code. They are the result of people believing that the future of said operating system is strong enough and worthy enough or able to pay enough to compensate their time invested in writing the code. That’s it. Nothing more, nothing less.
So *the core issue is not the number of apps* but the faith of the people who write the apps and in what OS they believe in. And you have clearly demonstrated, Federico, that you speak ‘I love Ubuntu’ out of one side of your mouth but on the other side you say ‘Ubuntu isn’t as strong as the others’. These two messages cannot mix, but you try.
If Ubuntu was not in a fully functional, market-ready condition and still in the lab, I could more understand your position and your ‘warnings’ to stick to horrible operating systems, but, you are now out of line because Ubuntu is officially in the market – and really good, too, and standing up just fine against the big boys in terms of everything except number of apps.
Apps? Seriously? We need to move on past number of apps. Especially when half of the apps on these established operating systems, and the operating systems themselves, steal your privacy and hurt your family.
It’s not about whether what you write about is true or not, either. What you wrote about is true. It’s what you did *not* write about that matters. You did *not* write about how android and ios are really bad for you and your family and the world. You didn’t write about that in your article. You didn’t share the truth about how the privacy of the users of these systems are being raped and their information pillaged. You didn’t even touch on it. And that’s not very nice to people who don’t know, Federico. Especially when you do know. And if you say you love Ubuntu, you do know, Federico.
But what is most saddening, is that you didn’t write about the bright future of Ubuntu and where it’s going.
Ubuntu and convergence will merge all your devices into one. It will be the go-to operating system for the world and very soon, too. Major operating systems have even started to try to work Ubuntu into their operating systems (behind the scenes of course) because they know their funeral date is near. You also didn’t mention how Ubuntu is the *safest* operating system on the market. It is respectful of privacy and its users. It doesn’t do things to you without asking. You also didn’t mention that Ubuntu is community built and that the community will continue to shape the system (including the mobile) into something that the people actually want, not what a bunch of boardroom execs want to push out.
Ubuntu is the best thing to ever hit the world of computing, and if you say that you like/love Ubuntu, you need to share the truth when you write, not just pander to these well-funded corporations and media outlets.
I know you are scared to step out of the boat alone. I know it’s scary to come out against the masses, but I dare you, Federico, to use your God-given creativity and a little courage and write the truth in your next article and help change the world into a better place and inspire the world to help us get past the dysentery of Oregon Trail.
You know, sometimes you read an article and when you read it you are sure it’s wisdom screaming out at you. You know there is truth there. You know you should listen. This article is just such an article but before reading it, let me state a few things:
- she should also ditch google and all the other invasive companies who are ruining her life secretly
- is there a need even for the landline? This is a debate on with my friends now.
The ‘cell phone’ has become a ‘computer in your holster’. Everyone knows it. Everyone feels the addiction and gets panicky when they can’t feel the bulge in their pocket…
It is undeniably a chain, a leash and perhaps even a noose.
Also shared by my buddies was this link.
This article speaks of some technological and privacy reasons why it might be wise to bench the stench.
What we need to do here at W.O.T. is create a useful series about how to break the chain of addiction one day at a time.
Oh! There is one solution, like the landline, not mentioned here and that is that you could get your ham radio license (amateur radio) and communicate just fine and dandy in plain view of the world. Then you can say “Text?? How about ham me at VE7CAK at 5:00pm?” Actually, you *can* text message with ham radio, if you want. I’ve forced my parents to license up because one neato thing not mentioned in any of these articles is that these dumb phones are radio transmitters that can’t talk to each other without a cell phone tower or wifi connection in between. In Canada, that means they are useless across most of the land! So with radio you control your own network, not your telecom. Ham radio baby.
This dumb smart phone ain’t no bottle of vodka – it’s much stronger.
This article started out kind of exciting. It explained how Ubuntu was about to show, on a large commercial scale the unveiling of convergence of multiple devices. For those who don’t know what convergence is, it’s the ability for multiple devices to converge into one user experience – without the need for multiple processors and hard drives. For a company that sells desktops, laptops and tablets, it is a scary, scary business proposition. For a company that sells high quality screens or high powered mobile phones, it could be a dream come true. Essentially, the ‘computer that you carry in your pocket’ can be instantly connected to whatever screen you feel like. It’s truly the most disruptive reality to hit the computer hardware market, in my opinion, in recent history. One thing is for sure – the entire world is begging for it whether they even know it or not. Combining that with the increase of people sticking their digital lives on ‘clouds’ (other peoples’ computers) this disruption is also poised to be a seriously dangerous one for those who don’t make wise choices.
This article, although it was smart to feature Ubuntu as a forerunner, it foolishly tried to give credit to Microsoft for ‘truly being the first’ to do convergence. First, did they? I had no idea. Nor do I care. Nor does anyone else I roll with. If the name has ‘Microsoft’ in it, we flee for the hills. Why? Because it’s compromised out of the box. It is dangerous.
So, while reading this article, it became even more apparent to me that the ‘battle for the operating system’ will eventually be won by Ubuntu in numbers (it is already won in principle) and it will happen not by speed (even though development is moving fast like lightning) but by security and, although the word might sound cheesy and not a popular choice in a tech article – love. You see, Ubuntu cares about you, because it’s built by people who care about things other than shareholders’ dividends.
Let’s run this basic scenario. You buy the latest, most fashionable phone by Microsoft or Apple. They boast this cool new feature that allows you to plug it into a big 60″ screen and now it’s your computer (Ubuntu had this for years, btw, but I digress). It’s convergence! You show Grandma and Grandma thinks you are the bees knees. You take a selfie with Grandma and there is a picture of her Bible behind her favourite chair. As you get in your car your photo is magically whisked away to the cloud service you love so much provided, by force, by your over-priced phone manufacturer. Meanwhile, back at your local government, they decide (without vote, of course) that they don’t like what these Bible readers believe and decide to persecute them and kill them. They ask Apple and Microsoft for access to review stuff on their servers (your cloud) and they say no. They say yes. They say no. They pull out the guns. They say yes. They say yes, too. Oh! And look! There is Grandma with her Bible. Busted with Bible. Bye bye, Grandma.
And so my point is this: it doesn’t matter who gets to convergence first. It matters who gets there securely and with freedom as a top agenda.
And if you didn’t know, you could, right now, have Ubuntu in your pocket. You can either buy one out of the box, or have someone help you put it on supported hardware.
What are you waiting for? Your Grandma to get busted?
Go healthy. Go Ubuntu.
So Google (gmail, specifically since that’s all I have left with them) used to bother me a little bit. Once in a while they would sneakily try to get me to register my mobile number in connection with my Gmail account under the cover of ‘extra security’.
Hey, Wayne. Just enter your mobile number here and then you can recover your password and stuff if you lose it. – Mister Googal
Sounded good. I considered it briefly until I thought again about why Google should have my number associated with 4 quadrillion advertisers and the rest of my personal information that they have gradually sucked onto their servers over the last ten years (yes, I was an early gmailer).
I refused to give it to them for the last three years or so when the message would pop up from time to time.
Today, though, they changed their message. Now they said “Keep your account more secure! Know instantly if someone is messing around with your account!” It showed an image of some evil dude hacking your computer while your mobile displays an alert.
First of all, if evil dude hacks your gmail, now he’s got your mobile, too. But worse than the evil dude having your mobile, Google has it!
I’m not surprised that El Googoo wants it so bad, though. They aren’t even close to unintelligent. In fact, they are so good at what they do that it’s disturbing.
And for that reason alone I won’t hand over my mobile number.
In fact, all of this stuff has motivated me further to get ‘off the grid’. Thanks to a few friends, I’ve dusted off my ham radio and started using that. I’d like to see M. Gougou try to spam me there.
I’d also like to propose a challenge to everyone out there to un-google with me. I’ve started slowly but I’m making progress. I bet you can’t do it!