You know, ever since I started computers I’ve always sent my error reports to the developer of the OS. Back in the days of DOS, hell even my days of Win ME, XP, and Vista. Because how else are they gonna know the problems if we don’t send in error reports.
But lately, with the advent of Windows 7, 8.1, 10, and even I’ve noticed in Linux especially, why does it seem most people hate the idea of sending in error reports?
I feel it’s the responsibility of anyone who is a proponent of any operating system, but especially Linux, that error reports are sent back in. And most decent Distros give you a handy little tool to do so.
I don’t understand it. I mean, everyone I assume who’s using Linux, wants Linux to succeed? Yet, the idea of sending in info about your error and the hardware it happened on, seems to be a HUGE faux paux in the Linux community. Especially with Canonical implementing the whole automatic information sending back thing.
Why wouldn’t you want the developers knowing how many machines the operating system is installed on, or the various configurations people are installing their operating system on?
Hell, I saw a video today from the Linux channel Switched to Linux, where he basically advocated turning OFF error reporting for security purposes. I mean, if you’re gonna be a proponent of the expansion of Linux, why in the hell would you advocate getting rid of the one means of letting the developers know how their operating system is doing on certain hardware, and curtailing their efforts to being able to make changes so their product, works better and more reliable on said hardware combination?
All I see out of all of this is that the developers get a chance to make Linux better, and more stable, so that more people would want to switch. Making Linux a more common system, and becoming what I’ve always heard Linux people talk about, superior to Microsoft Windows.
Am I missing something here? I really would like to understand. Because from my perspective, it’s looking like people just want Linux to be an elitist thing. And stay small, so they can lord themselves over other people cause they have something niche.