The Chronicles of a Linux user: A comedy of errors and commands


Welcome to the whimsical world of Linux, where the penguins roam free, and the commands flow like a cascading waterfall of cryptic wisdom.

If you’re a Linux user, you know that navigating through this open-source wonderland can be both exhilarating and, well, slightly confusing. Join me on a laughter-filled journey as we explore the quirks, foibles, and occasional triumphs of the Linux experience.

The Terminal Tango:  Ah, the dance of the terminal! It’s like learning a new dance routine, complete with missteps and the occasional twirl. One minute you’re gracefully executing commands, and the next, you’ve accidentally deleted half your files with a misplaced “rm -rf”. Whoops! But hey, it’s all part of the Linux waltz.

Dependency Dilemma:  Installing a simple piece of software on Linux is like going on a treasure hunt. You start with a seemingly innocent command, only to be told that you need to install a dozen dependencies. It’s the Linux way of keeping you on your toes – because who doesn’t enjoy a good challenge when all you wanted was a text editor?

The Great Distribution Debate:  Ask any Linux user about their favorite distribution, and you might as well be asking them to choose their favorite child. It’s a heated debate that rivals the intensity of a political discussion. Arch users scoff at the simplicity of Ubuntu, while Fedora fans raise an eyebrow at those who dare to wander into the Debian territory. Can’t we all just get along?

RTFM – The Holy Grail:  The sacred text of Linux users, the manual – also known as RTFM (Read The Friendly Manual — in reality it’s the other F-word, by the way). It’s the answer to every question, the key to every problem. But let’s be honest, how many times have you frantically Googled your issue before reluctantly resorting to the holy grail? We’ve all been there, and it’s okay.

Desktop Environment Dramas:  Choosing a desktop environment is like selecting the perfect outfit for a date. Do you go for the sleek and minimalist look of XFCE, the flashy extravagance of KDE, or the classic charm of GNOME? It’s a personal choice that can lead to endless hours of customization, or, in my case, an existential crisis over the placement of icons.

Conclusion of the story:  In the grand comedy of Linux, we may encounter errors, facepalm-worthy moments, and the occasional frustration, but at the end of the day, we wouldn’t have it any other way. So, here’s to the penguins, the terminal tango, and the joyous chaos that is the Linux experience – may your commands be true, and your dependencies ever in your favor!

There is no need for flames, fumes and hostile debates! Everything here is presented for mere humor, nothing more, nothing less. So…chill!

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  1. You are crying about Linux struggles? Well, you never worked with a PDP11 or SCO UNIX or Vax Ultrix 😛

  2. Actually yes to PDP11 and VAX/VMS DEC Machines. Probably the best OS of its day, VMS was my favorite. VMS was the language most like English itself and just made sense. Why is it not like that today? For a long time I kept a virtual machine available to play with available with OpenVMS on it but licensing issues ….Thank you HP for running a terrrfic product into the ground.

  3. I tried linux a few different times, the only exception being arch. I have always found my way back to windows for one reason or another. Weather it being compatibility issues, videos not running, random black screens, the hours of troubleshooting you name it. As a system I absolutely adore linux, it feels like mine, im able to do much more but the troubles that come… just isnt for everyone. Maybe in time it will be up on par with windows because I would love to break free. Great post really enjoyed the read!

    1. Yeah, distros vary, they differ a lot, and even the same can work differently on a variety of hardware configurations which can seem tricky at times. Honestly, I don’t see anything wrong with Windows 10 or 11 either (and that as a Linux user), I enjoy both worlds to be honest, even if my favourite and main preference is Fedora. Yes, I’m a non-fanatic Linux user.
      Thanks for your comment, nice to have you!

  4. 👍👍
    Thank you for this nicely written article.
    A pleasure to read.

    But nobody has to use a terminal today if they don’t want to.
    There is a graphical user interface for everything.
    The horror for newcomers quickly evaporates when, after a while, you realise how powerful and helpful it is.

    Linux is much, much easier to use than Windows or Apple because the whole world has been working on it for over 30 years.
    A real product of the swarm intelligentsia, a blessing of the net.

    1. I love modern and traditional to the same level, a nice GUI and terminal. Hell, I listen podcasts through Rhythmbox, but listening to my music album collections through terminal player, while can appreciate something like Lollypop as well.

      The post is nothing else than a light hearted poking at the thing I love too. We need to be able to endure self-deprecating jokes.

      Thanks for being here.


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