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ShowMeLinux.com: Read Me: Battle Between the Operating Systems

Sep 10, 2000, 19:02 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Al Smits)

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"Not to sound too much like a famous comedian from the 90's, but what's the deal with these OS wars? These guys hate each other, and I do mean hate. Here's an example. This week I returned a phone message which noted that the caller was interested in some information on Linux training. Upon my returning the call and referencing Linux, the caller quickly spouted off "Linux! Linux sucks! I want Unix training. There's no way in hell I'd use Linux. Linux sucks!". I think the caller added the second "Linux sucks!" at the end just to really make their point. I consider myself an intelligent adult and hoped the person I was calling might be as well. But this was sounding like a shouting match between grade school kids in the playground."

"So what is the deal? Why the hatred between the OS camps? Now, let me say right away up front that this is not the rule, nor the exception, but it is becoming prevalent. Let's look at some more examples. The easiest target is of course Microsoft also known as Micro$oft or Microsucks, etcetera. I was always of the opinion that the name was bad enough as it is. Just look at the two terms, micro and soft, something small and weak. But maybe that's me being a little infantile (as I do write for a Linux publication). This site http://www.ihatewindows.com/ takes a classic approach by adding devil horns to a picture of Bill Gates. Or my favorite is the Windows NT keyboard shown on http://www.win2000sucks.com/. And http://www.microsoftsucks.com/ takes you to sucks.com where they hate corporate America in general. We wouldn't want to leave anyone out."

"And what about Linux? Well, http://www.ihatelinux.com/ actually links to microsoft.com. Back to the root of the evil I guess. You can't be considered a success till someone makes a website about how much they hate you. Here's an organization that hates linux, http://www.linuxsucks.org/, but a similarly named site http://www.linuxsucks.com/ are actually Linux supporters in disguise. Double agents! I've always said if you are going to hate, hate everyone, don't be exclusive. This gentleman at http://linuxmafia.com/cabal/os-suck.html seems to agree, he starts with Linux and proceeds to point out how all the OS's suck."

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