This is what you get for slamming Ubuntu – a whole lot of comments and passionate Ubuntu fans going after you. But ultimately I think Ubuntu’s just not ready for people who do not want to change their habits. It’s largely different from Windows and there is no point persuading people to go Ubuntu just because it’s free. This is a response to the previous incident where a lady’s college dream was smash just because she can’t get internet working right in Ubuntu.

UPDATE: Thousands of viewer comments, phone calls about Ubuntu computer story

Ubuntu fans read our story and linked to it on Linux fan message boards and other technology blogs. By Thursday morning, several major technology websites featured WKOW’s article on their front pages.

That’s also when the comments – many of them angry, rude, and hateful – started pouring in.

Many Ubuntu users also wrote very personal attacks about the young lady who was having trouble using the operating system. They called her “lazy,” “a dumb girl,” and “not worthy of a college degree.”

The young woman also contacted 27 News to report she’s being harassed on her Facebook account by Ubuntu users.

This story has gotten so much attention, computer experts are calling us.

“They’re mad because it puts Ubuntu in a bad light,” said Adam Wiesenfarth, a technology consultant at UW-Madison.

“If you’re not a computer tinkerer, and you’re not willing to do research and digging, it may not be for you.”

Meanwhile, Dell contacted 27 News to say its representatives would contact the young woman to help her deal with her computer situation. (Source: WKOW)

I mainly use Windows Vista for my daily work because of Office 2007. I log on to Ubuntu sometimes to work on web development. And recently I installed Windows 7 for kicks. It’s prettier and I like the fact that now there is a shortcut key for maximize – Win+UpKey.

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