Huh. Somebody linked to my post on hacker news, which resulted in some interesting comments. Some of them are fairly insulting, but, hey, whatevs.
Mostly, I feel I should clarify: I tend to write a certain way on this blog. The post in question was deliberately bombastic; it was reflecting a certain frustration I often feel with Ubuntu in general (yes, I should have more appropriately titled the post, shut up). A lot of people mentioned “why didn’t I do x, or y, or z” or “He didn’t know X, y, or even Z” and my point was more, “Why doesn’t cat > /etc/motd just work?” – followed by a lot of other questions. I wouldn’t say that it was written out of nerd rage: it was more written deliberately in an inflammatory style. Yes, obviously, looking at /etc/motd would have shown me it was a symlink, and yes I could have just removed it: you’re missing the damn point. What’s the point in telling a rabbit hole story if you just fix the problem and forget about the underlying issues that cause it to begin with?