One of the most common things you’ll see on any technology based internet forum (I could name many, but why bother, I’m sure you all have your dungeons, caves, hiding spots, and water coolers that you hang out at), is
a mammoth an ugly behemoth-sized cult that’s following reality distortion field religion behind every platform on the face of the planet. Who really knows why?
Let me get it out of my system before I even continue – every platform has a place in the market, every platform caters differently to different groups of people.
There are things that Microsoft Windows does quite well, there are things that Apple’s Mac OS X does well (I’m not really in the mood to touch on the “classic” Mac OS, I didn’t really enjoy those days of my middle-school education dealing with Mac OS 8.6’s
misbehavior utter delinquency), there are things that Linux and FreeBSD do well, hell there are things that DOS does well (remember DOS? Disk Operating System? The thing you actually had to type commands into for your computer to do anything besides sit there and look at you like a 1980’s commercial for ET).
With that being said, why are there so many flame wars over which platform someone chooses to support? We aren’t monkeys, we don’t need to be flinging poo at each other. A lot of people like Linux because it’s free and the source code is readily available under the GPL licensing, it’s great for someone who really wants to learn the inside of an operating system in their spare time. A lot of people like Mac OS X for it’s outstanding user interface and rich UNIX underpinnings and excellent applications, everything feels like it goes together and overall it ‘just works’. But, the majority use Microsoft Windows, and that’s perfectly fine – Windows has the largest user base on the planet, there are thousands (if not millions) of different programs developed for it, and Microsoft have a really great set of developer tools available (known as Visual Studio).
Instead of whining over which operating system
you want to sleep with you prefer and insulting every other person who isn’t running [insert your favorite operating system here], try to channel that negative energy into something constructive — like posting constructive criticism or helpful information, instead of turning every thread on the internet into a slag-fest between a healthy piece of food (Apple), a piece of glass (Windows), a penguin (Linux), or the devil (BSD). It’s not rocket science, it’s not politics, it’s a computer, a tool for communicating with friends, family, and co-workers no matter where you are, a tool for keeping track of your quarterly budget, a tool for listening to music or enjoying a movie, a tool for viewing the pictures your sister just sent you from her wedding in Milan. Let me say it again, just to be clear — a computer is a tool. It is not a religion or a cult following, and it doesn’t change your underpants for you.