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debian and girlfriends

By makohill in makohill's Diary
Mon Jan 13, 2003 at 09:51:29 AM EST
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I love Debian as a GNU/Linux distribution, as a project, as a group of people, and as a social movement. That said, it should come as no surprise that I've installed Debian on 3 out of my 4 last girlfriends' computers.

Many romantic relationships also end of rough terms so it should also be unsurprising that I've had rather nasty break-ups with 3 out of my 4 last girlfriends.

What worries me is that the two groups correspond perfectly.


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debian and girlfriends | 23 comments (23 topical, editorial, 0 hidden)
dude (4.50 / 2) (#1)
by tps12 on Mon Jan 13, 2003 at 09:42:22 AM EST

What the hell were you expecting?

hot penguin action? [n/t] (5.00 / 1) (#7)
by crazycanuck on Mon Jan 13, 2003 at 10:12:46 AM EST



[ Parent ]
Install OpenBSD (5.00 / 1) (#2)
by El Volio on Mon Jan 13, 2003 at 09:44:37 AM EST

Then they'll stick with you out of fear that Theo will come get them... :)

Duh (4.66 / 3) (#3)
by DesiredUsername on Mon Jan 13, 2003 at 09:45:56 AM EST

You don't want your boyfriend/girlfriend relationship to transmute to a teacher/student one, but unless they already know Linux1, that's exactly what will happen when you do that. So don't.

One of the cardinal rules for relationships is Do Not Touch The Other Person's Computer. I would sooner use my wife's toothbrush than change her operating system.

1Which is unlikely, you said they are girls.

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What are you talking about? (5.00 / 1) (#13)
by quartz on Mon Jan 13, 2003 at 10:40:31 AM EST

My wife practically begged me to install Linux + Emacs + Latex + Fortran + Assorted Miscellaneouses on her computer and admin it for her. And she's a lot happier with her Linux box at home than with her Sun at work (where they have an admin who says things like "I couldn't install Solaris 9 on your brand spanking new Blade 150 because of a hardware conflict, so I put Solaris 8 on it which will make it crash  every 30 minutes for no reason, but don't tell me because I'll just blame it on the UPS." -- well, not literally, but you get the idea).

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oh whatever (none / 0) (#15)
by rayab on Mon Jan 13, 2003 at 12:46:31 PM EST

I'm a girl and I have been running linux for the last 5 years... In fact I recall making a few linux jokes while in bed... So THERE :P

Y popa bila sobaka on yeyo lyubil, ona syela kusok myasa on yeyo ubil, v zemlyu zakopal, i na mogile napisal...
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Well, duh (5.00 / 2) (#4)
by Phil the Canuck on Mon Jan 13, 2003 at 10:02:16 AM EST

Everyone knows that, if you want to get laid, you have to use Gentoo.

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Sure... (5.00 / 1) (#14)
by lemming prophet on Mon Jan 13, 2003 at 11:30:18 AM EST

since if you'd install a system that actually runs instead of crashing all the time she'd be too busy hanging out on the computer... :)


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Linux + girls (4.00 / 3) (#5)
by Tom Brett on Mon Jan 13, 2003 at 10:04:24 AM EST

= no sex. it's a really simple formula that I'm surprised even needs to be spoken of.


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Equation's wrong. (4.66 / 3) (#6)
by it certainly is on Mon Jan 13, 2003 at 10:06:23 AM EST

Take away the "+ girls" to fix it.

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Or... (4.25 / 4) (#8)
by Armaphine on Mon Jan 13, 2003 at 10:15:20 AM EST

Replace "no sex" with "restraining order".

Question authority. Don't ask why, just do it.
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Disagree with your equation (4.00 / 1) (#12)
by ocelotbob on Mon Jan 13, 2003 at 10:39:59 AM EST

I'm a linux user, and I've certainly had sex. I'd have more, but unfortunately, my hon is a bit too far away for the standard booty call. Anyone who thinks otherwise just needs to use their awkward geek charm, and be a bit of a flirt. Humor really helps here. As does being able to sequester most of the computer stuff elsewhere while company's over.

Why... in my day, the idea wasn't to have a comfortable sub[missive]...
--soylentdas
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Na uuuh (none / 0) (#16)
by rayab on Mon Jan 13, 2003 at 12:48:27 PM EST

Linux + girls = lots of sex and corny linux jokes in bed... Trust me, I'd know...

Y popa bila sobaka on yeyo lyubil, ona syela kusok myasa on yeyo ubil, v zemlyu zakopal, i na mogile napisal...
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My wife and I... (4.66 / 3) (#9)
by lorcha on Mon Jan 13, 2003 at 10:16:42 AM EST

... have reached an understanding. If she doesn't bitch about her computer crashing every 45 minutes, I won't ever mention the 'L-word' around her. Seriously, man. As others have mentioned, you do not fucking try to mix girls and Linux. That is just wrong in so many ways it's not even funny.

The least you coulda done is give her Mandrake. Sheesh.

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Actually (4.00 / 1) (#11)
by Phil the Canuck on Mon Jan 13, 2003 at 10:28:02 AM EST

My wife is a (very) novice computer user. She's perfectly happy on Linux, and I still get laid every once in a while.

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I don't think being an idiot comes with a pension plan though. Unless you're management of course. - hulver
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Does Snood run under wine? (none / 0) (#18)
by lorcha on Mon Jan 13, 2003 at 07:32:40 PM EST

If not, then there is no hope for my wife ever making the switch. :-)

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better than snood (none / 0) (#20)
by makohill on Tue Jan 14, 2003 at 04:44:26 AM EST

MAME emulates all the games that Snood was based off. I'm sure there are other Snood clones out there for GNU/Linux as well.
Creativity can be a social contribution, but only in so far as society is free to use the results. --RMS
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frozen bubble (none / 0) (#21)
by leviramsey on Thu Jan 16, 2003 at 05:40:50 PM EST

A very nice Snood clone written in perl with SDL bindings. I believe it's been packaged for Debian, but if not, you could always package it yourself... frozen-bubble.org



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nope (5.00 / 1) (#22)
by makohill on Sat Jan 18, 2003 at 10:18:39 AM EST

I make it a point to not maintain any program that makes me less productive. In fact, I'd rather not even remember they exist.
Creativity can be a social contribution, but only in so far as society is free to use the results. --RMS
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You are repelling Microsoft's insidious plot... (none / 0) (#23)
by leviramsey on Fri Jan 24, 2003 at 05:08:58 AM EST

...to get all GNU/Linux hackers playing mindless games when they could be fighting the monopoly.

I salute you, dear sir.



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If I had a girlfriend... (4.00 / 2) (#10)
by BinaryTree on Mon Jan 13, 2003 at 10:19:05 AM EST

...I wouldn't be advocating operating systems to her.

my ex-girlfriend (none / 0) (#17)
by ryochiji on Mon Jan 13, 2003 at 05:41:08 PM EST

I convinced my ex-girlfriend (when we were still together) to dump her PC and get an iBook.  She was very happy with her iBook, but a year or so later, dumped me for a different model.  

No correlation... I don't think.

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there in lays your problem... (none / 0) (#19)
by pheta on Tue Jan 14, 2003 at 12:54:58 AM EST

You must introduce them to BSD, not linux. You should know better. Haven't you seen the 'BSD CHIX' pictures?

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