"Free and open source software (FOSS) advocates need to stop
obsessing about Microsoft. But, just as clearly, many of them
won't, if the reactions I received when I blogged about the subject
are any indication. Never mind that FOSS is a necessary fixture in
modern business, or has evolved defenses that ensure its
survival--or that paranoia and juvenile gestures like talking about
'Micro$oft' and 'Windoze' only hurt the cause. For many, hatred of
Microsoft is a way of life, and they'd be lost without it.
"Things were different ten years ago, when the community was a
small group of hobbyists unknown to most computer users. Back then,
the community was fragile, and might have been stamped out, had any
of its enemies noticed it. Nor could you run entirely on FOSS
without giving up functionality that users of proprietary software
took for granted..."