Sometimes “Shake it off” doesn’t cut it

Today I was sitting behind my laptop doing my work and the radio was playing in the background, nothing out of the ordinary.

The only thing that was out of the ordinary was a feeling inside me that was throbbing against my underbelly and its vibrations were banging in my throat.

No, I didn’t receive an unpleasant bill or had a dispute with a co-worker. I knew exactly why I was feeling this way and I always told myself not to give in to this feeling, just ignore it and it will blow away.

Lately, it’s a bit harder for me not to give in to that feeling, simply because this feeling is caused by a place that I consider a giving and enthusiastic community; The Linux community.

Haters gonna hate

We recently announced that our net-installer is on hold and I think we were very transparent in our communication towards the community.

From the moment we released the news, the “disappointed” reactions were pouring in my email and Telegram, and I use the term disappointed very loosely here. We are also disappointed not to bring you the net-installer on the promised date.

We are a bunch of Linux enthusiasts who like to bring the community an OS that is purely based on our love for the community.

This afternoon Taylor Swift was bouncing from my speakers telling me that I should ‘Shake it off’ and normally I do, but in a time when you’re facing challenges, it is hard to find the positivity in yourself.

Every morning I’m greeted with these “disappointment” messages and I thought it wouldn’t affect me, but I recently noticed that I was also lashing out to community members who are interested or are just raising concerns and want to help.

To all of them, I offer my sincere apologies and to all who are flexing their trolling muscles every day, I only have one thing to say.

Are you realising that the vast majority of the Linux distro’s out there are made by pure enthusiasts and each of them has their community with like-minded members? Yes, there are many distros out there, but every single one of them represents a unique community.

Let me make one thing very clear: You’re not going to troll me down, in the early nineties, I was an openly gay man in the military. Believe me; I had my fair share of nasty comments and rotten behaviour thrown at me and I survived them all, so I’ve seen/heard it all and you won’t get me down.

No, the thing that gets me is that we are offering a service that is close to a professional service based on the love for Linux. If we are not the distro for you then move on, why should you trash down a group of people who are trying to give Linux a face for a particular community?

It would’ve been easier if the trolling came from the Windows or Mac world, but it is coming from inside the Linux community and this behaviour has caused many projects to cease.

Come on, we all love Linux so what is with the hate? The Linux world is all about the community because, in the end, that is the factor we have in common: LINUX…

You don’t like this one, go and explore the others, because one of those distros has a community that suits you.

For the sake of the entire Linux community, don’t waste time to negativity, find that wonderful community and spread the love.

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4 thoughts on “Sometimes “Shake it off” doesn’t cut it

  • November 19, 2019 at 23:19
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    Nothing much more to add. You have a good attitude about dealing with the negativity. It’s easy to focus on those loud voices but, as you know, for every loud complaint there are many more people who appreciate what you and all the other people contributing to open source and Linux are doing. The best we can all do is recognize that those people are, in fact, the vocal minority and treat them as such. I wonder how many of the people who contacted you about being disappointed offered to help in any way. I’m guessing not many if any at all. That says it all in my opinion.

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  • November 20, 2019 at 00:21
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    Bryan,

    Thank you so much for relaying some of the struggles you face everyday. I know it’s not easy and nobody is super human and can just “Shake it off” all the time but the only thing I can say is that there are more people out here who appreciate your work and the other devs behind EndeavourOS than there are trolls.

    I’m always here if you need somebody to vent to

    Rocco

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  • November 20, 2019 at 12:01
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    Hi Bryan
    I’m not really sure why I comment on your thread – because usually I am the silent watcher – but your words are well appreciated and I think all I want now, is to give a little “positive backlash” instead of “all the negatives” you got for the delay of the netinstaller.
    I may have to say, that I’m a windows-engineer working multiple years and mostly with WIN-OS, of course I had my MacOS phase in my “music-years” because of Logic and other Apple-related tools and I always like to have a few USB-sticks flying around for the Live-Testing of some Linux-Flavours. I was never able to settle down on one distro and actually never used one distro for more than a few weeks. What I always knew, there are *almost* thousands of options to choose from and yes, it’s kinda overwhelming.
    BUT – and that’s why I’m commenting here, I followed your way a little – and I’m blown away by your project!! I always had some issues with installing Arch “the cool way” so I never was able to try Arch fully like I did with others (Ubuntu, KDE, Manjaro, Solus and others) – you brought the nicest way (at least for me) to try arch and what makes it really special – it also looks decent out of the box. ๐Ÿ™‚

    So well, a lot of uninteresting blabla for you – sorry for that, but I thought I share my appreciation for the EndeavourOS Project Team, so that at least you guys know, also outside of fully-blown-linux-enthusiasts, you are very well appreciated for a lot of people. -> Just that you know, I’m installing EndeavourOS right now on my secondary machine (1st is Windows) and it will stay for longer than just a few days/week to test ๐Ÿ™‚

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  • November 20, 2019 at 12:17
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    With a few people, an expectancy attitude has formed, a result of the society at the abyss of consumption …

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