272: Linux User at Best Buy
|Linux User at Best Buy|
Title text: We actually stand around the antivirus displays with the Mac users just waiting for someone to ask.
Best Buy is an American chain of electronics and media shops. As many such shops, they only sell boxed software and boxed hardware - where the computers are either Macs or PCs pre-installed with Mac OS or Windows.
This salesman is trying to sell antivirus software, but Cueball claims he doesn't need it: he runs Linux, an open source operating system. While some viruses also exist for Linux the vast majority is only able to infect Windows systems, so Cueball is positive about that he is safe without that software. Back in 2007, many Linux users believed that Linux would wipe out Windows as the operating system of choice for PCs. Six years later, at least that hasn't happened. (Note nearly all modern television sets, (wifi-)routers and all Android devices are running the Linux kernel, so in a way it has happened). Nevertheless there are many antivirus versions for Linux including open source software.
The rest of the comic is essentially proving how much cooler Linux users are: the user performs a few amazing tricks, like flipping over on a motorbike, doing a wheely and throwing dirt in the face of the salesman. It's one reason why Linux users claim that Linux is faster because of the actual absence of the antivirus software: no need to scan all files - which allows faster operation.
The title text confirms the above. Mostly like Linux, the software design of Macs also lessens the need for antivirus software. Apparently, Mac and Linux users flock together just waiting for the Best Buy salesmen to ask if anyone needs it - so they can laugh them in the face.
All in all, the intent of this is to mock how Linux users tend to view themselves as superior to other operating systems.
- Salesman: Interested in updating your antivirus software?
- Cueball: Oh, I wouldn't need any of that.
- [In a spiky speech bubble.]
- Cueball: I run Linux.
- [Cueball does a backflip onto a motorcycle.]
- [Cueball performs a wheelie on the motorcycle.]
- [Cueball does a hard, donut turn on the motorcycle, kicking up dirt into the salesman's face.]
- [Cueball speeds off on the motorcycle, leaving the salesman in a cloud of black exhaust.]