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Stereotypes

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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  • Jarrod

    Well, that doesn’t surprise me. Ubuntu users get their stickers from a central repository, all designed and constructed there, and then shipped out without regard for where you’re sticking it.

    Gentoo users have to make their own stickers, including coloring them and applying homemade glue. The result is a sticker that is perfectly customized and adept for whatever its purpose is ๐Ÿ™‚

    (Kidding, ๐Ÿ™‚ )

    The thing I didn’t ever like about the gentoo when I used it was the massive amount of bullcrap that was flung. “Your system will be over 4x faster” and such things.

    I found it too be elitist and distracting.. which was what everyone else was saying about Linux at the time anyway.

  • @Jarrod: HAHAHA! I just got a really good laugh from your sticker remark, classic! I found Gentoo to be a bit much work for me at the time that is why I didn’t stick with it. I have witnessed a few of my friends who run Gentoo, and did recognize just how much faster their system was compared to mine, with a lot less overhead. Gentoo is a very slick distro, and who knows, if Kubuntu wasn’t right there when I was in the midst of switching distros years back, I would probably be a Gentoo user, though I will always be a Debian user ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Roger

    You also need to control for number of users. If Ubuntu has 60 times the number of laptop users than Gentoo then the numbers work out equal.

  • ethana2

    The domed ubuntu sticker perfectly oriented on the back of my Ubuntu Dell doesn’t indicate what OS I use.

    It indicates what OS I think everyone /else/ should use.

    I could switch to OpenSuSE because it works better for _me_, and I’d still keep my Ubuntu domed sticker there. ..course, my next machine will have either an engraved Apple or chrome Ubuntu logo, as I’m tired of Dell ‘support’.

  • Debianero Rumbero

    This comment is just for put a Debian sticker on your blog ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Georg
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