On featuring and writing clickbaity articles

I recently came across a very click bait’y article on the front page of Hacker News which advocated why users should use RHEL or CentOS over Ubuntu. As a Ubuntu contributor I found this article offensive and quite outright absurd. I’m not going to link the article here since that would mean just driving more clicks to the author’s website, but most of the folks who read HN regularly will know what I’m talking about.

To the author of the article :

I think you do not even begin to understand the complexities of how communities in Linux interact with each other. I have friends across Red Hat, Ubuntu, Fedora, Arch, Debian and countless other distributions that I’ve acquired during the past 5 years of working on Kubuntu and KDE. Sure, from time to time we joke about the short comings of one another’s projects, but that’s what they are, jokes. We most certainly do not intend to belittle each others work and to be honest, I am quite happy that you’re not part of this community.

To the HN community:

Why would you upvote this to the front page when it clearly deserves none of your attention? ( Thank god for the flag button )

To the awesome folks working on Ubuntu Server :

You guys are awesome and don’t let anyone tell you any different 😀

 

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4 thoughts on “On featuring and writing clickbaity articles

  1. I don’t want to be ‘counter-offensive’ to RH. But I am forced to use it at my job, so I know what I am talking about. Who on the Earth would choose it over Ubuntu voluntray, when RH is full of outdated and buggy softwares? Just an example: KDE version in RH EL 6.6 is circa 6 years old. Question?

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  2. Seems odd that a site with no ads and no apparent monetization scheme would run clickbait. Presumably, they don’t need to artificially boost their click count to fuel ad rates. Perhaps the piece was from someone so awash in the artificially combative dribble of the web that he thinks that’s the only way to write.

    RHEL: It’s inappropriate to judge a product targeting server and enterprise use as a general purpose consumer desktop. Organizations buy RHEL, for their servers and to run specific sets of in-house software, precisely because they can keep it, and be supported, for years. They don’t want to deal with — aka spend money on — the churn that’s part of the typical consumer-level distro release cycle.

    Meanwhile, if RHEL is “full of outdated and buggy” software — it is not — then so must Ubuntu LTS, and any other distro with a similar lifetime. The truth is that, in both, and in other long-term releases, few if any packages ever see major release bumps, but do benefit from a continuing stream of bug and security patches. That’s exactly how their customers want it. They don’t want new features and new API’s and such breaking their in-house setups.

    Never decide to change software based on a random admin’s personal preference.

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    1. Yepp, from server point of view you may have the point. I also prefer stable and long time supported distros for servers. But at our company we are not using it as server, but as desktop. And it is not that what it should be in 2015. It is slow, often hangs, some features are missing, what I’m using in applications’ newer versions. I’m using Linux since 1999 as admin, and as user as well. I have seen the evolution (or let’s say, the changes) of linux destktop during the last 16 years. And unfortunately RH can’t fullfill my expectations. (Nor as Ubuntu Unity). Linux Mint KDE is my preferred solution. But all of this my personal opinion.

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