Same here, I think it’s a racial slur towards Asians, as in “rice burner” when people mod Japanese cars, or own Japanese motorcycles. I don’t follow NASCAR or auto racing much, but when I was a kid, I was a gear head who was into modding American Muscle cars. I was also into racing dirt bikes and anything that went fast. I have never seen the word “ricing” used in any racing sports back then. I find it immature, and anyone who is a developer should shitcan it, because it’s beneath and derogatory to the technology itself.
I use the term “modding” personally, especially when I post on Unixporn. Reddit for the most part is a shite hole of opinion, but it does have a robust Linux user base. The worst over there is “Arch Guy”, who think they have a Masters degree in computer science just because they read a Wiki.
That’s how I feel. If it get’s more people into using Linux, it’s better for everyone who already uses Linux. It can gain more attention that could have existing software manufacturers port to it, like Steam for example because of the gaming market. Windows has a rabid base over at DeviantArt when it comes to customization, and they started taking cues from Linux. You had to break Windows a bit with patches to mod it (and I have modded way too many Windows desktops over the years lulz), but with Linux, it takes a lot more skill and patience because you’re dealing with code and languages, not just copying files. Of course people can copy dotfiles over to their .config folder, but even then one has to edit them to have their own desktop.
I use Openbox, and the two devs who have popularized customization in it in Addy and Adi ( using their Git names without the Roman numerals lol) I wholeheartedly thank, although you don’t see it on my desktop. Again, I try to adhere to the Crunchbang ethos, because I was modding Linux desktops way back then, until I found Crunchbang. To me it was the perfect distro and desktop, no need for futther hopping and customization.