Linux Users Anonymous, also known as Linux Anonymous, or LUA, or Keifer Sutherland, is a support group primarily for addicts of Linux-based operating systems, although the group has been known to accept BSD junkies, AIX drones, Amiga OS retrophiles, Solaris whores, PIX thumpers and BeOS diehards.
The early days of LUA started with a 1960s government cover-up of computer scientists driven mad by the MULTICS operating system project. This institution for mentally insane geeks dwindled to a handful of core crackpots as the MULTICS fever slowly drove the CS's to suicide. But out of the ashes arrose Ken Thompson, Dennis Ritchie, and Douglas McIlroy who while patients themselves developed a cure they called UNIX. Unfortunately their cure soon proved to be deadlier and more addictive than the original MULTICS and soon the outbreak reached the general public and spread from there. In 1991 a new and more powerful form of UNIX was created by Linus Torvalds who boiled down UNIX in a pot with water, gently rocking the boiling mixture to form large, hard crystals of almost pure geekdom that he called Linux. Over the next 15 years Linux spread among the geeks quickly infecting the uber's and then spreading to everyone else. Now LUA groups can be found everywhere fighting the growing pandemic.
LUA's often work in conjunction with corporate sponsors that funnel money out of Redmond Washington to help the poor suffering souls. International groups are sometimes less fortunate and often find themselves selling off the less popular members into slavery to raise funds so that they may help other more popular fellow memberfree themselves from Linux addiction.
In recent years great strides have been made in brewing some top notch coffee at the meetings and most meetings encourage a BYOB policy with more elicit medication use reaching high approval in the bathroom stalls.
The Warning Signs of Linux Addiction
Addicition to Linux is an insideous and dangerous disease that plagues the fringes of our society, threatening more and more every day to spill over the fringe and flood the common man with free stuff. But the vigilant and upright citizens of the world can rest assured the warning signs are easy to spot once you know what to look for.
Linux addicts exhibit many strange habits for working professional such as:
- Owning computers for ten or more years with out complaining of the computer "slowing down"!
- Expanding IT operations at staggering rates with little to no capital or credit!
- Carrying around hand labelled "live CD's" that they claim aren't pirated programs!
- Developing top notch software even though you know for a fact they never paid for development software!
- Long hair!
- Never complaining about unwanted desktop popups!
- Smiling for no apparent reason when the casual conversation turns to high cost of MS licensing!
- Claiming to have access to photoshop quality photo tools that are free!
- Scruffy beards and 'very' casual clothes!
- Sniggering when network engineers talk about IIS and Exchange problems!
- Instead of cowering in the corner on "black Tuesday", they look happy and relaxed!
It is also important to be on the lookout for the following Linux parapheniela:
- Large CD and DVD libraries of "distros" that go by the names, "Slackware, Arch, Morphix, Fedora, Gentoo, Musix, Debian, Ubuntu, SUSE, Mepis, Slax, CentOS, Vector, Xandros, Linspire, DSL, Knoppix..."
- Tubular objects that are partially filled with water and smell like dirty, wet socks.
- Computers that never freeze and never seem to need restarting.
- An excessive amount of computer hardware that obviously couldn't support any modern OS.
- Stuffed penguins.
- Well paying, laid back, IT jobs.
Linux addicts are often in serious denial about their addiction to Linux, and will violently claim nothing is wrong with any of the aforementioned "Warning Signs". So please be cautious approaching them about their addiction, and if possible find a sponsor from one of the LUA's before confronting the Linux addict.
The central tenant of the LUA philosophy is that the individual in league with a mentor/sponsor and a power higher than themselves, is able to free themselves of the overburdening freedom and flexiblity of the GNU/Linux OS's and their ilk. New members are expected to find a person who has over a year clean off of free software to be their sponsor and help guide them through the personally (although not technically) trying 12 step program. During the first year of the program the GNU/Linux user is encouraged to attend at least one meeting every night until he has gone through the 12 steps. Afterwards attendance is deemed, "As needed." Many users find the meetings a good place for free coffee and some seriously needy putang.
The twelve affirmations of the Linux Anonymous 12-step approach are:
I understand and am willing to pay for the salvation of a commercial OS.
I have confirmed "$ pwd" returns "/" and "$ ls -a -R > personal_inventory.txt" is safely stored in my latest tape backup.
I have personally emailed Microsoft (or possibly Apple) and cc'd myself and my sponsor of my error in using a free operating system.
I have created a distribution list in Microsoft Outlook of everyone I ever convinced to try "free software".
I have VB.net scripted the distribution list to repeatedly send until I have contacted everyone I have corrupted, the script also makes assumptions about possible changes in email addresses and modifies the send list to accommidate predictable variations on the original adresses, exempting the people whose ISPs are threatening to press charges on me for spamming.
I have paid for a program which continually monitors all of my files so that I may assess any needed updates or file corruption, I have also paid for anti-spyware, I have paid for anti-virus software, I have paid for an office suite, I have paid for a personal finance program, I have also paid for a handful of these things they call PC games, and I have "leased" hundreds, if not thousands, of songs from iTunes, so that I may continually assess my new salvation and be able to compare in retrospect where I strayed in the past and avoid such deviation in the future promptly with a fresh format and install, or possibly pay for a badly needed product upgrade, or a new product entirely, but only when these things I paid for don't work.
I will stare at the frozen desktop in meditation with Microsoft (or possibly Apple), and I will accept the offline popups as the will of Microsoft (or possibly Apple), and I pray for the power of Microsoft (or possibly Apple) to be able to follow the will of Microsoft (or possibly Apple) now and in the future.
Now that I have witnessed my own salvation through paying for an OS, I will attempt to convince other people of the salvation they shall receive if they were to drop their free software ways and accept the salvation of Microsoft (or possibly Apple).
*The Apple operating system shall only be used as an intermediary step towards a fully proprietary OS, which crashes, slows down, and fills up your hard drive in a manner befitting such an investment. However one must learn from an Apple OS and must spend time realising there are no programs worth using and must be ready to accept "random crashes for no reason".
Please don't tell the penguins, they have already threatened the freedom of the Grues claiming "Open source belongs to the poor, No!! Said Gentoo belongs to Lu Bu, No! Said Ubantu IT BELONGS TO EVERYONE!" Many rejected those answers and instead chose something..different...they chose a rip off...they chose...Vista!