"For as long as there's been computers, there seems to have been
computer bigots. Ever since the first ITS hacker aimed a proverbial
rock at the head of the nearest Unix user, and probably well
before, the computer community has been rife with holy wars. And
I've got to admit, I love them."
"I know It's very easy to get me started - and no, I'm not going
to tell you how. Because recently, I've been thinking about why I
get into these religious debates, and how I respond when I'm there.
It's lead me to see a few things about hacker - and I mean that in
the true sense of the word - culture more clearly. It's also lead
me to believe that holy wars are actually more good than harm."
"For some, the very name 'holy war' isn't that far from the
truth: these things really do reflect a semi-religious belief some
people have in the superiority of their chosen hardware, software,
science fiction author or pizza topping, and a fervent desire to
convert others to their preference. Most people would say it
looks bad on the community - and especially on the Open Source
community, where these sorts of arguments are more common. Before
we decide that, though, let's look at why these things
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