Linux Desktop Stigma Draws Ire and Fire
But, can we, the Linux Community, really point fingers at Shmindows fanboys and not take a little blame ourselves? We, I'm sorry to say, are equally guilty.
The problem is that over zealous fans of anything tend to be inflammatory when it comes to their favorite whatever it is. And, on top of that, these zealots feel as if they must comment on anything related to that favorite thing--often to the detriment of the entire project that they themselves defend. Unfortunately, the Internet provides everyone a virtual spray can with which they must "tag" their opinions on every virtual wall they find in opposition to their own narrow viewpoints.
But, you have to ask the question, "Why come out so strongly against something that someone chooses to use just because you disagree?" If you don't believe that it happens, just check out these two awesome*, intellectual** rant sites: Linux Haters Blog and LinSux. It's also awesome that these folks have so much free time on their hands that they aren't contributing to society by volunteering or creating something for the good of all. But, they sure love to criticize those who do.