Brian Proffitt files a report from the OS Wars front as
experienced on the South Shore rail headed into Chicago. His
unfortunate experiences with a pair of would-be advocates show
there are still some people out there doing more harm than good
when it comes to promoting Linux:
"The voices behind me on the train were annoying, to
say the least. They had started their whispering as soon as they'd
boarded the train and seen me working on my wife's laptop, which I
was consigned to use on my trip to Chicago last week.
This laptop, which has served the family in good stead for about
a year now, is-by my wife's unilateral decision-declared to be
Linux free. Being that I love and respect my wife (which is husband
code-speak for I don't want to get into it with her) I have honored
her request and left Windows on this machine. Normally, this does
not affect me, but when the screen on my Linux laptop decides to
take a powder the night before I am to leave on an unscheduled
trip, it sort of rears its ugly head.
Left with a ton of writing to do, I faced the choice of blowing
off my entire work schedule (definitely preferred) or doing my work
on the Windows laptop. Guess which one I picked.
So, I'm sitting there, typing away on a writing assignment and
wondering how I will get the Applix Words review done, when these
two yahoos behind me start speaking derisively (in not so low
tones) of the laptop I am working on. My wife, sitting next to me,
sees my ears turning pink and urges me not to say anything to
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