From my personal experience: It might seem that way, but it often isn’t. Linux Users that try to help others expect a certain level of engagement with the OS. Linux is pretty unique in that it’s mostly build by the users. A lot of linux guys think that, if you don’t care for the OS and just want it to work without you getting to involved, Windows or OS X are better options. And i can’t totally disagree with that.
Overall, i always found the linux community to be welcoming and helpfull to those that genuinly try to get into the OS. But as with anything, if you don’t help me to help you, there’s onyl so much one can do.
Oh for sure. We’ve had a long time of Linux being something “elite” or “differente”. It was a way for people do differentiate themselves from “regular people”. For many it’s gotten to a point where linux has become part of their identity. And it’s niche appeal is what brought many people in.
The recent developments makes Linux much more accesible and mainstream. And a lot of people don’t like that. There’s a lot of “i worked hard to make it work and so should you” kind of stuff. Plus Linux is getting less “edgy”. And as with music, or art, there are people that like to like stuff only few know about. Once it becomes widely recognized, it looses a lot of appeal for them.
Give it some time. Everyone needs to get accustomed to the “new Linux” and the users that come with that. And on the other hand, new Users need to get accustomed to a new OS and how working with it and it’s userbase is different.
In the end, there’s toxic people everywhere. For every Linux Neckbeard there’s an Apple Fanboy and someone saying Linux can do jack shit and only Windows is the thing because compatibility…