osViews: Geek Battles: A Call for Perspective
Aug 05, 2004, 04:00 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Daniel R. Miessler)
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"'Linux sucks as a desktop.'
'Windows is insecure.'
'OS X is for rich, trendy art majors.'
"Depending on who's in earshot, spouting off any of these
statements in the company of geeks is likely to get you anything
from a dirty look to a severe tongue-lashing. Geeks tend to take
their choice of operating system and applications very seriously,
and this has both its benefits and disadvantages. On the good side,
it's a great feeling for developers when they see such
quasi-religious followings behind their products, and it can help
get the word out about potentially helpful tools. But on the
negative side, many people tend to take this loyalty to an
extreme--losing sight of more important truths in the