Someone commented on one of my posts the other day, stating that Linux is a tool and not a religion. Can this be true? I would hate to think that for the past 15 years that I've invested in Linux, it would turn out that Linux is merely a tool, a--dare I say it--a monkey wrench?
Say it ain't so.
I was about to put forth a new calendaring system to the International Standards Committee based not upon the movement of the earth, the appearance of a deity, or the calculations of long-forgotten tribes of ancient South America but upon the emergence of perhaps the world's greatest monkey wrench: Linux.
Now that does make me feel foolish indeed.
O woe is I when I think of the wasted hours I've spent pondering ways to enrich the lives of others by prophesying coming Linux-related events or the efforts I've put into proselytizing--bringing new blood into the fold.
Linus, have I mistakenly deified the creation and not the creator?
I realize that Linux is an operating system and not some sort of idol to be worshipped or deified. As fans, we do become somewhat obsessed with our passions and beliefs. If it sounds, at times, that I am attempting to start some religious war or that I'm off the deep end with my Linux fanaticism--just let me know and I'll reel in the reins a bit.
I am passionate about Linux, its capabilities, and its future so don't judge me too harshly. Linux isn't a religion but I have a hard time admitting that it's a monkey wrench.
Ok, I'll compromise. It's a very, very intelligent monkey wrench.