Are you patriotic? What does being patriotic mean to you?

Well, let’s go to the dictionary, first.

I don’t think this encompasses it all. I think patriotism can mean you’re passionate about, well, whatever youj’re passionate about.

We all, red or blue, have our theories as to why the country is going to hell in a handbasket. I frankly don’t have the knowledge to know who’s really right, or if anyone’s even in the ballpark. Mistakes and accomplishments have been made on both sides of the aisle. So, we’ll factor THAT out.

I don’t like Microsoft. I don’t like their software, their ‘operating system’, and pretty much everything else. I died a little when I found out my favorite game, Minecraft, is now a Microsoft product. I paid for it 3 years ago, when it was still Mojang, and it’s those Swedish guys that I really wanted my $29.95 to go to. Microsoft embodies everything that’s wrong about the computer world.

I own one Windows installation. And it’s not even real, it exists only as a virtual machine, subsumed into my beastly Linux machine. I keep it alive because sometimes I have to do something in Windows. And whats nice about it, is if I get malware-d (something that’s hard to do in Linux) in Windows, I just click ‘revert’ and it’s a brandy-new install.

But, I digress. Patriotisim. I’m patriotic about Linux, all things Linux, and all the different Linices. You say Debian, I say Kubuntu. But at the end of the day, we’re all Linux. Come, let us reason together at the shell prompt.

At the end of the day, be patriotic about whatever it is you’re patriotic about. Be loud about it, even. Just … and let’s all read this mantra together … don’t be a dick about it.

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