Freetards

Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by ArtOfWarfare, Jun 8, 2008.

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Have you ever used the word "freetard" to refer to a Linux user?

  1. Yes

    6.3%
  2. No, but I've heard it before.

    7.6%
  3. No, I've never even heard of it before.

    72.2%
  4. No, but I'll start using it now that I've heard of it.

    13.9%
  1. ArtOfWarfare macrumors 604

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    #1
    So, does anyone else use the word "freetards" to refer to Linux users?

    I may not read FSJ often (actually I've only ever read it once or twice,) but I really love the phrase he made popular... "Linux Freetards".
     
  2. xUKHCx Administrator emeritus

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    I generally don't give myself names :rolleyes:
     
  3. Gray-Wolf macrumors 68030

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    Other than it sounding like an insult, never heard of it.
     
  4. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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    Having been somewhat immersed for the first time in the Linux culture, for the past ~six months since Nov 07, when I got my Eee, I have to say I've honestly never heard the term before.

    I kind of like it. :eek: On another forum I frequent another word that ends in tard and whose beginning rhymes with duck was a term of endearment. :)
     
  5. MacDawg macrumors P6

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    what is it that you love so much about it?

    linux is clearly a viable operating system
    those that use it are usually a relatively high level of user

    is it disparaging the "free" part that you love?
    that would apply to all open source technology then
    does technology have to be expensive to be cool?

    is it disparaging the users by implying "retard"?
    why would you consider them such?
    on the whole they may be 'geeky' i suppose, but hardly retards

    just curious why you love the phrase

    Woof, Woof - Dawg [​IMG]
     
  6. redwarrior macrumors 603

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    Sounds more like it would apply to people who use pirated software. Never heard of it though.
     
  7. MacDawg macrumors P6

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    good point redwarrior, i think you may be on to something

    Woof, Woof - Dawg [​IMG]
     
  8. Gray-Wolf macrumors 68030

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    A little more internet info on it.

    Link to source - http://ubuntulinuxtipstricks.blogspot.com/2008/02/patricks-right-im-freetard.html
     
  9. MacDawg macrumors P6

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    ^^^^
    OK, so is this not a disparaging moniker, but a badge of honor?

    Woof, Woof - Dawg [​IMG]
     
  10. redwarrior macrumors 603

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    I think so; kinda like calling someone a geek. I see it as a compliment, but my family thinks I'm being insulted.:cool:
     
  11. iJohnHenry macrumors P6

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    Freetard = corporate crying.

    Never heard of it before, but sounds not unlike sour grapes.
     
  12. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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    Usually the Fake Steve Jobs character is a satire of the corporate rebel.... it's a way for a Forbes writer to express that kind of humor outside the narrower editorial confines of Forbes itself. But I don't read FSJ very regularly at all, and I hadn't seen it there, and if it's being used elsewhere, it's news to me. The kind of people who call Linux users names are mostly not the kind of people who read FSJ....
     
  13. ham_man macrumors 68020

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    Freetards == (usually) Linux users who never use software that must be paid for, regardless of how much more useful or efficient it may be compared to the free alternative
     
  14. Reissman macrumors newbie

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    I just started using ubuntu a linux based operating system. The fact that I could put it on an old laptop for my kids. No viruses, fun to use, and I didnt have to buy another Apple to get that. I love my apple but I didnt have the money for another one and I didnt want another windows machine. If some one calls me a freetard I would have have another name for them.
     
  15. brad.c macrumors 68020

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    Um, looking at the retail box for Leopard Family on my shelf, I wonder if that makes me a paytard?

    Wait, no I got a better one. Leoptard.

    And the fact I waited four months to install is a sign of my leoptardiness?

    Once I was a BeOStard (sorry if that's a bad word, or a cusstard, if you will).
     
  16. cycocelica macrumors 68000

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  17. PlaceofDis macrumors Core

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    never heard of it, and probably won't ever use it.
     
  18. hotzenplotz macrumors regular

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  19. Sun Baked macrumors G5

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    I thought, "Finally a poll about the people posting their freecrap.com refer number here."
     
  20. Melrose macrumors 604

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    I have never heard of it, and don't look down on Linux users just because they're a lower life form obsessed with free softwares and perverted command-line junk, so I'd never stoop myself to calling someone a name like that :D
     
  21. Dagless macrumors Core

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    LOL, I must agree.

    So then. Freetard? I suppose it's a coincidence that it phonetically sounds like retard. Because I'd be asking what's retarded about it. Surely hunting out good applications is better than mindlessly paying for rubbish ones simply because they're advertised.
     
  22. Aeolius macrumors 6502a

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    I would automatically think less of a person, if they were to use that term. Belittling the disabled, way to joke around.
     
  23. Melrose macrumors 604

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    So M$ users are Paytards? :D
     
  24. brad.c macrumors 68020

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    Why didn't I think of..
     

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