It is with no small sense of regret that Linux Girl brings you this week’s Linux blog Safari, dear readers, because in writing this she must convey some very hard news.
That is, Linux Girl is leaving LinuxInsider – her home away from home for Lou all these years – and so she should hang up her cape for good. By the time you read this, it will be far from new adventures – traveling to new lands, telling new stories and testing new tequila.
Of course, it’s still time for one last affair around the blog world, and this time, Linux Girl wants to do something different.
Last week, of course, it spent a lot of fodder for conversations in the Linux blog world, as it always does. Mintbox Mini, Steam for Linux file-deletion bugs, and the latest in the Systemed saga – here and here – are just a few examples.
However, as Linux Girl’s cape-clad hours are short, it seems like a good time to revisit the classic blog Safari Gems for a while.
As chance happens, many of Linux Girl’s favorites focus on a topic that is a particularly relevant round about the time of year. can you guess? That’s right – this is oh, such a sweet spot that can be found at the intersection of Linux and Love.
‘I must help keep our lineage alive’
Arriving all the way to 2008, “SWM seeks out shell mate for shell user, GUI-free LTR” which is one of the Linux girl’s favorite pastimes over the years.
“I am part of a dead breed of people known as shell users,” wrote the anonymous poster of the ad that inspired that week’s column. (It’s very dear, dear readers, still on the “Best of” section of Craigslist!) “We’re an old-fashioned bunch who prioritize the warm glow of a green screen full of text over the cold blockiness of the graphical interface …
“Because we have fewer and fewer, I must help keep my lineage alive,” said the shell user. “I am looking for someone to help me do this. I need a woman (obviously) who is ready to have a child with me in Unix’s method.”
‘Please help me’
Now, it was definitely all tongue-in-cheek – not to mention dripping with stereotypes and based on a world where Linux geeks are all men. Still, Linux Girl can’t resist asking her fellow Burmese: Do Linux Geeks need help with human factors?
Her favorite response: “I hate to make broad generalizations about hundreds of thousands of people, but yes,” Slashdot founder Rob Malda tells her. “Yes we do. Please help me.”
“I would ask my wife if she would let me out of her box,” Malda quipped when asked if Linux and romantic relationships with women were mutually exclusive.
‘More life than bash scripts’
“The Dating Game, Linux Style,” fast forward two years to Serba Valentine’s Day 2010. This time, it was longtime FOSS hero Ken Starks who bravely stepped into the waters of Amour.
The post titled “When Linux nerds choose mates from the Windows herd” Starks wrote that turned things off, and it only takes a little imagination to figure out how things proceeded.
“You get to know that there is more life with other Linux geeks than bash scripts and LAN parties,” Starks began. “So you decide to get yourself back into the dating market.”
‘Easy to date’
“You know … this thread is pathetic,” tuxchick wrote on LXer. “No wonder we’re still single, living in our mother’s basement,” she said.
“Ugh. Uniformity in social interaction and disqualification in Linux prosecution in one package,” was hyperlogged blogger Martin Espinoza. “It’s like a train wreck hitting an orphanage.”
Then again, “apt-get install is a lot easier than creating a date,” blogger Robert Pogson very aptly pointed out.
‘I offered to install Linux on her laptop’
Finally, it was 2011 when Linux bloggers turned their attention to the romantic adventures of Jeff Hogland, who was then the lead developer of the Boda Linux project.
“A couple of weeks ago the girl I had been dating for a while now complained about her laptop in some work.” “I used to talk once or twice to check my email and remember that this Vista was going on – no surprise.
“I like this girl very much and felt this was the next step in our relationship.” “I offered to install Linux on her laptop.”
‘I am Sleeping on the Couch’
Yes, that’s how it went down, and “Your Honey Introduction in Linux,” bloggers were not shy with their reactions.
“Dude I can think what would happen if I tried” “I’ll sleep on the couch!”
And with that, dear readers, Linux Girl, would like to thank you for the many wonderful laughs, learning and love on the Linux blog Safari. May FOSS be with you always!