Monday, May 4, 2009

The biggest cults in tech

Infoworld reveals the biggest cults in tech:
  1. The Way of the Palm
    Established: 1996
    Gathering of the tribes: The Palm Forums
    Major deities: Jeff Hawkins, Donna Dubinsky
    Sacred relics: Pilot 1000 and Pilot 5000
    Mantra: The Pre will set us free
  2. Brotherhood of the Ruby
    Established: 1994
    Gathering of the tribes: RailsConf, RubyConf
    Major deities: Matz, DHH
    Mantra: MINSWAN (Matz is nice, so we are nice)
  3. The Ubuntu tribe
    Established: 2004
    Gathering of the tribes: Ubuntu Developer Summits
    Major deity: Linus Torvalds
    Minor deity: Mark Shuttleworth
    Animal spirit guides: Breezy badgers, dapper drakes, feisty fawns, gutsy gibbons, hardy herons, intrepid ibexes, jaunty jackalopes
  4. The Commodorians
    Established: 1982
    Gathering of the tribes: CommVEx, C4 Expo, World of Commodore
    Major deity: Jack Tramiel
    Minor deity: Jim Butterfield (1936-2007)
    Sacred relic: Commodore C65
  5. The Order of the Lisp
    Established: 1958
    Gathering of the tribes: International Lisp Conference
    Major deity: John McCarthy
    Minor deities: Paul Graham, Peter Norvig
    Holy Scripture: "Paradigms in Artificial Intelligence Programming"
  6. Monks of the Midrange
    Established: 1960
    Gathering of the tribes: Common 2009
    Major deity: Dr. Frank Soltis
    Holy scriptures: The IBM Redbook
    Sacred relic: Original AS/400
  7. The Tao of Newton
    Established: 1993
    Gathering of the tribes: Worldwide Newton Conference
    Major deity: John Sculley
    Minor deities: Too many to name; many are listed in MSU's unofficial Newton Hall of Fame
    Holy scripture: The Newton FAQ
    The Antichrist: Steve Jobs
  8. Windows
    Established: 1995
    Gathering of the Tribe: InfoWorld and other magazines that pretend that everything except Windows is a "cult"
    Major Deity: Bill Gates
    Sacred Relic: 30-letter authorization keys
    The Antichrist: Linus Torvalds
  9. Cult of free software
    Established: 1985
    Major Deity: RMS
    Sacred document: GPL
    Antichrist: !GPL'd software
  10. Cult of debian
    Established: 1993
    Major Deity(s): Bruce Perens & people called Ian
    Sacred relic: Debian 1.0 discs
    Antichrist: ubuntu
Note: 8, 9 and 10 are mentioned in SlashDot, I just added to the list.

I'm safe by now.

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