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    Why are there so many linux geeks on BF?

    One thing that's surprised me is the number of linux users on BF. Why is that such a high percentage of cycling nuts like an operating system that most of the general public doesn't even know about? Seems like ideally, people should not even know or care what their OS is. After all, do you know who built the computer for your car (or what software it runs on)? No one worries about that because the thing works.

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    I have wondered about this too. I do have a few theories. First, cycling is a physical activity. Programmers are generally in the office for 8-14 hours a day, and cannot get out to do anything physical. Cycling requires some hardware, and choosing bike components is just as geeky as choosing peripherals for your PC. Second, with Linux, there is a lot of mix and match, which is exactly what you do in cycling (i.e. brakes with shimano, cranks with campy, etc ...).
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    Because there is a large proportion of linux geeks on all forums? Or they are more likely to enter into geeky conversation on forums whereas someone not interested in the OS, is more likely to be in the cycling section of a bike forum instead of the "hangout" section.

    Currently running Ubuntu, but still dual booting because I haven't figured out how to set up ESD so I can unplug my wireless usb headphones and switch to speakers and have it play.

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    I got into cycling for the exact reason spingineer mentioned. I work 10hrs/day at a computer. My biggest physical exercise at work is when I occasionally have to walk from my office to the server room to physically check a computer out. And, now that my office adjoins the server room, that's not much exercise!

    About the first thing I did when I got the bike is make a database to hold my daily weight readings, then wrote up some PHP to generate a daily graph. Getting up and putting new data into that graph, for some reason, is really motivating for me. My next purchase will be a nice bike computer to add more stats for my database so I can have more graphs. I don't know why it works, but it keeps me going.

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    Linux FTW!

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    It would be interesting to see what everyone's occupation is. Which occupation has the most recreational cyclists?
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    I was wondering the same thing. Is it because Linux is used mainly for web applications and the guys that build them hang out on the web?

    I'm a software consultant and everything I work on runs on Windows or IBM platforms. You don't see many traditional business apps (accounting, point of sale, reporting, etc.) running on Linux. Whether I like it or not, Microsoft runs my world.

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    first the interwebz then the WORLD!!!!111!!!!1!!!1

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    Quote Originally Posted by michiganboy View Post
    I was wondering the same thing. Is it because Linux is used mainly for web applications and the guys that build them hang out on the web?
    Possibly. In regular life, I have a computer related job. I ride to get away from that stuff. I still had dialup at home until last year and I still have an ancient computer which I don't intend to replace because I already spend too much time in front of a monitor.

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    Actually I dislike linux. I am a unix person....

    The reason why for me was simple, I wanted to start biking and this was a good forum with good information with some damn witty people (back in the day) The MTB forum dragged me in as a perm member pretty easily.

    Its also an old school feeling, I ran a bbs back in the day (80's) and had a few thousand members that we could talk to every day and make friends with. Bikeforums originally, was small and intimate allowing that exact same feeling.

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    Quote Originally Posted by michiganboy View Post
    I was wondering the same thing. Is it because Linux is used mainly for web applications and the guys that build them hang out on the web?
    I can't say this is exactly true. Most of the time, when I use Linux, it's for network apps. Windows just doesn't have networking tools that Linux has (which is what I need in my job). For example, Linux has tcpdump, MRTG, TCP Replay, nmap, just to name a few. And if I need to use office, I use openoffice.

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    I think the attraction is much more basic.

    As cyclists, we're attracted to a form of transport or exercise or recreation that's outside the norm in contemporary American society. You're supposed to travel by car or exercise in a gym (if at all) or do whatever is fashionable this week for recreation. We don't.

    So it's not a big stretch to find that when it comes to our computers, we also don't mindlessly follow the herds.

    Edit: Besides, using open-source operating systems and applications frees up fundage that can be used for more important things, likes bikes and bike *****.
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    Quote Originally Posted by banerjek View Post
    Seems like ideally, people should not even know or care what their OS is. After all, do you know who built the computer for your car (or what software it runs on)? No one worries about that because the thing works.
    Right. And when was the last time you installed a new program into your car?
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    Quote Originally Posted by bmclaughlin807 View Post
    Right. And when was the last time you installed a new program into your car?
    Is this rhetorical? I have friends that have modified the software on their cars with aftermarket mods.

    Besdies, until recently you couldn't buy a pc with linux on it. In fact, most companies still don't do it here. So you need to modify the os to make it more customized,

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    You're on a message board, 'nuff said.

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    There's a lot of members on BF, 1600 online right now. So there's always some linux users here.

    I've always used Unix and now Linux at work for server applications. I just used a knoppix bootable CD to rescue some files from an XP pc that wouldn't boot. And it 's great for network troubleshooting, too.

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    Because people who use Windows don't sit around and brag and talk about it all the time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by StrangeWill View Post
    Because people who use Windows don't sit around and brag and talk about it all the time.

    true, but i'm not sure what you'd brag about.

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    Quote Originally Posted by timmyquest View Post
    true, but i'm not sure what you'd brag about.
    Thats part of the whole Linux thing, you kind of have bragging rights almost as to what you've done with your own box.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 3MTA3 View Post

    first the interwebz then the WORLD!!!!111!!!!1!!!1
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    [QUOTE=tsl;5236951
    Edit: Besides, using open-source operating systems and applications frees up fundage that can be used for more important things, likes bikes and bike *****.[/QUOTE]

    Now that's the most logical explanation I've heard yet.
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    Quote Originally Posted by banerjek View Post
    One thing that's surprised me is the number of linux users on BF. Why is that such a high percentage of cycling nuts like an operating system that most of the general public doesn't even know about? Seems like ideally, people should not even know or care what their OS is. After all, do you know who built the computer for your car (or what software it runs on)? No one worries about that because the thing works.
    The key point is because the thing works, which has not been my experience with windows. If your stuck with the mistake of a windows machine purchase than linux is a cheap and easy fix.

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