Sorry for having such a controvertial topic title. I was thinking about the diversity of people the community has. Dirrefent OS’es, so many users that is can make a Windows user feel like a minority. So I made a breakdown of the kind of users we might encounter in these forums, based on background and interests.
This is not some elaborate survey but more my personal impression after being here for a while. It’s posted to entertain.
Windows users are not used of entering command lines. They feel its like being back in the DOS area. Windows is very common and most windows users are end users. Windows users in general arent used to compiling their software from source code.
Linux users seem more hands on. Command lines are a favorite usage. They generally more used to typing commands. Linux is cool and popular with open source developers.
Mac users may have the most stable Operating System in the world, remembering stories of blue screens and virusses on the Window world. Mac is very pro and has it’s place traditionally in graphic design and other areas.
Coders know a lot of technical aspects. They often know details that are not well known outside the group of people who do programming. Coders use the forums of Blender.org and the #BlenderCoders
Artists are very creative and are in fact the end users of the Blender software. While being creative they might not know the more technical things like how to compile blender, but still have the urge to take a peek at the current Blender. Artists use the forums of BlenderArtists.org and the IRC #BlenderChat & #Blender
Hobbyists like to use Blender for fun. The community is a great way to show their work to the world.
Professional Blender users might be a minority of the users that you might encounter in the forums, but certainly are around. They use Blender in their job and some like to share their artwork to the rest of the community.
Students learning blender at school or college would maybe visit the Blender community out of interest or because they have questions and need information. I dont know is students hang out here.
Tutors will most likely be around gathering information and in general keeping up-to-date where possible on the Blender developers. I know of some tutors being around.
Open Source users are in many cases very dedicated to the Open Source Software consept. A real Open Source fan would most likely be a Linux user. In an ideal world, all software should be open source they think.
Commercial users are virtually absent in the Blender community. They often have other questions and needs than the Open Source users. Mostly more business related. In an ideal world they could use the Open Source product in their production pipeline. If they are interested in the software it means it’s good software, not because it’s free. They are traditionally more concerned with legal issues, pro level tech support and consultation, stability, possibilities and impossibilities, revenues etc than the price of software.