“Just install Linux on it” is the “just change the engine of your car” of tech.

Not everyone is a mechanic, not everyone wants to be a mechanic, and, if we want a world where freedom is the norm, we must stop expecting everyone to become a mechanic.

Note: this is not because these people are too dumb to be mechanics. It’s because they’re brain surgeons and space-shuttle pilots and they have three kids and they care for a loved one and they don’t have time to also be a mechanic.

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@aral this argument is the “control my life but give me freedom” argument. You want me to develop and design a computer for you that does 99% of the things but also do it for free and never once exploit your ignorance? It doesn’t work like that. People who can’t work on or understand their car get ripped off by mechanics all day. If you cannot be assed to master computers, don’t be shocked when Microsoft stuffs a digit in you.

Linux is the shade tree mechanic OS.

@retro64XYZ Right. So let me get this straight: unless you have a lab in your own home, you deserve to get food poisoning (didn’t you test those eggs for listeria? What are you, an idiot?)

No one deserves to be exploited. No one deserves to be ripped off. No one deserves to be violated.

No one is asking you to design anything for free. We design things for ourselves, for the way we want to be treated & for the world we want to live in. Go stand in the corner and think about what you just said.

@retro64XYZ

As Volkwagen and others have just demonstrated, when you rip of your customers on a brand new car, that is actually called fraud and it's illegal in most countries.

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