“Just install Linux on it” is the “just change the engine of your car” of tech.

Not everyone is a mechanic, not everyone wants to be a mechanic, and, if we want a world where freedom is the norm, we must stop expecting everyone to become a mechanic.

Note: this is not because these people are too dumb to be mechanics. It’s because they’re brain surgeons and space-shuttle pilots and they have three kids and they care for a loved one and they don’t have time to also be a mechanic.


@aral Fun fact which I discovered this year: In Romania, most PCs for private customers are sold with Linux preinstalled. Which Linux you ask? Nobody cares because the customer will just install Windows themselves. It's cheaper that way and easy enough for most.

I agree you shouldn't have to ask consumers to fix their devices themselves, but switching OS can be way easier than changing engines on a car

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