178: Not Really Into Pokemon

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Not Really Into Pokemon
As of this writing, Ubuntu 6.10 and Firefox 2.0 have left my computer a complete mess.
Title text: As of this writing, Ubuntu 6.10 and Firefox 2.0 have left my computer a complete mess.

[edit] Explanation

Pokémon is a widely popular, animated, children's television show; collectible card game; and videogame series that involves a young trainer going out to explore the world to catch Pokémon, creatures of wild variety (ranging from armoured dinosaurs that have drills for horns to robotic bugs that change their type depending on the items that they are holding). When the trainer comes across wild Pokémon or other trainers, they use their Pokémon to fight the other.

The Pokémon universe currently contains over 700 different types of Pokémon, and new ones are being added every so often (much like new releases of computer software). Also, the names can sound very strange or silly to someone not familiar with them. In this comic, Black Hat is dismissing Ubuntu, an open-source computer operating system, as a Pokémon because it has a strange/silly name. The "condescension" comes from the fact that usually only children are "into" Pokémon.

The title text refers to the complications that new software releases can have on computers, especially if either the release is a(n) alpha/beta release or if the computer is rather old. After all, said title text does paint a picture of 2 computer programs physically fighting each other inside the computer and making a mess in the process, as if they were Pokémon.

[edit] Transcript

I have found the perfect phrase for condescendingly dismissing anything:
Cueball: Have you seen the new Ubuntu release?
Black Hat: Nah, I'm not really into Pokémon.
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