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RE[4]: If only Microsoft...
by Morgan on Wed 19th Dec 2012 21:53 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: If only Microsoft..."
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It's the nature of the beast. We're all conditioned to take sides, and it takes effort combined with experience to fight that conditioning.

There was a time, when I was in high school and Windows didn't have a Start button, that I openly derided anything not from Microsoft because that was the culture I was brought up in. Our school had a couple of ancient Apple IIs in the special education lab, and one lonely Mac Classic that belonged to a teacher, but the majority of the school computers were DOS/Windows machines. We were force-fed DOS and Windows as the only solution.

After high school, I wasn't able to enroll in college right away due to health issues so I took some correspondence courses instead, and that was the first time I'd heard of the new kid on the block, Linux. Fast forward to today and I feel that all major OSes, and quite a few minor ones, have merit and a place on my hardware. Of course, BeOS and Haiku are at the top of my list, but I happily use Windows, OS X and GNU/Linux daily as well.

Of course, no two people have the same experience, so opinions differ and people do tend to become entrenched in a particular platform. I feel the regulars here are much more open minded than at other website communities and forums, but you'll always have a few zealots.

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