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I am sure many of you have heard the quote, “Gentoo is for Ricers.” For those of you who are unfamiliar with the word ricer, here is what Urban Dictionary says about it:

A person who makes unecessary modifications to their most often import car (hence the term “rice”) to make it (mostly make it look) faster.

There is also a list of these unecessary modifications and one such modification is:

  • Lots of after-market company stickers they don’t have parts from, but must be cool

Here in Chicago we see a lot of these, and they are typically slammed with stickers, more than the hideous Red Bull Cars we see driving around here quite a bit.

OK, so I am hitting on the stickers portion of this, because yes you can make all kinds of modifications to Gentoo, but they typically are not useless modifications, so lets just concentrate on the stickers. Well, I had noticed at a recent open source event here in Chicago, the people who were using Gentoo on their laptops didn’t have stickers plastered all over them, and those with Ubuntu did. Odd, you would almost think that Ubuntu was for Ricers.

Just to prove this, here is a query I did on Flickr:

And the results:

  • We found 2 results matching gentoo and laptop and stickers.
  • We found 112 results matching ubuntu and laptop and stickers

What a huge difference!

I meant to blog this back in December after UDS, because I had witnessed more stickers per square inch on many laptops, most notably Jono Bacon’s laptop. People always say I have a lot of stickers on my laptop too, which I do.

Anyways, this useless post was to let everyone know that I have just busted the Gentoo is for Ricers stereotype. Now that this post is finished, I want to see some groovy laptop stickers. Link me to them. I did find one on Flickr with a Notice to Law Enforcement that was totally great, but I can’t find it now.

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