Linux is not a bicycle
January 5th 2012

I recently found this blog:, and tried to leave a comment there, regarding the motto of the site (Linux being a bicycle), but for the life of me I just could not. Hitting either "Publish" or "Preview" just resulted in the comment I had just written to disappear. A bit frustrating.

So I decided to publish my comment in my own blog, and send a trackback.


You say that Linux is a "bicycle" (I assume that making Windows/Mac a "car"), but I do not agree. Linux is not a Win/Mac counterpart, designed for the same purposes, but with free maitenance, at the expense of having less power, and requiring much more effort (as a bicycle is to a car).

I would instead compare Linux to a bulldozer or a Formula 1 (actually, to a bulldozer AND a Formula 1 AND many other things, at the same time). A bulldozer is more suited (than a car) for some task, but requires some expertise to be used. Power comes at the price of training to use it, and Linux is a perfect example of it.

Anyone can drive a car, but handling heavy machinery or racing cars to the inexperienced can lead to disaster. On the other hand, acquiring the required experience with heavy machinery or a racing car can be quite rewarding, as it allows one to perform at one's full potential. Training for racing or moving heavy rocks around with a regular car, on the other hand, will quickly prove frustrating.

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4 Responses to “Linux is not a bicycle”

  1. Natasha on 06 Jan 2012 at 2:11 am #

    I don't know why you couldn't post to my blog... I allow comments so it's a bit bizarre, I'll check it out.

    I disagree, not everyone can ride a bicycle - it's just that most of us learn when we are quite young. It's deceptive - imagine if we lived in a world where you couldn't learn to ride a bicycle until you were 18, and where you were forced to use linux when you were 5.
    A bicycle does allow you to go a lot of places where you can't normally go and often a lot quicker - where I live there's a variety of bike-only bridges and paths that allow me to get from A->B much more efficiently than driving a car. Of course, I have to know not only how to ride a bicycle (use linux) but also the bike routes (linux commands) which are not always intuitive or documented. While on my bike I haven't had a crash in about 7 years, I've had numerous linux crashes in that same time.

    Sure, I agree with your formula 1 analogy (not so much the bulldozer analogy), but I still prefer to think of it as a bicycle... I ride a bicycle every day...

  2. isilanes on 12 Jan 2012 at 16:08 pm #

    I think we basically agree. Thanks for your comment.

  3. admica on 25 Jul 2012 at 17:48 pm #

    I like your bulldozer/racecar analogy better, but I think the bicycle analogy still fits. Can the car even make it down the street?

    # Do you have the keys to drive it? (Valid license keys).

    # Have you changed the oil recently? (Rebooting, keeping the registry clean). Eventually it just gets gummed up and you have to trade it in for a new model.

    # Is the maintenance up to date? (Your anti-virus better be up-to-date)

    # Registration and state Inspection up to date? (Antivirus and Microsoft patches up to date?) You can drive without them, but then you're taking a big risk.

    Here's my bicycle:

  4. Ramadhani on 18 Aug 2015 at 2:05 am #

    Hola He9ctor. La verdad es que ni furoen 400 km y hemos planeado de llegar mucho mas re1pido. Pero como a veces pasa: habia muuuuucho de ver, conocer, comer, hablar y tomar y asi nos duro u poco mas. Aparte es sol nos quemo bien fuerte (47b0C en el sol y mas que 30b0C en la sombra). El camino nos gustf3 mucho, es todo verde aqui, hay muchos rios, campos, arboles y la naturaleza es increible. Aparte todos los castillos y monasterios a cada par de kilometros. La verdad para andar en bici este paeds es increible! Para coche tambie9n, hay una autopista entre Gori y aqui y en los proximos dos anios tienen planeado de construirla todo hacia el oeste tambie9n. A nosotros nos encantf3 el camino. De verdad.

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