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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 process..."

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