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October 7, 2003

Why Can't OS Differences be Tolerated?

I'm sick of the OS vs OS (operating system) debates. It's pointless, unproductive and doing no good. It's certainly not worth tainting otherwise good friendships. Our office has a mix of Windows, Solaris, Gentoo, Redhat and OS X, which can generate a bit of jabbing back an forth. It drains my energy, I'd rather be getting something done. Of course, I've done a bit of this myself.

I've never heard of an OS debate where after laying out the arguments the other party says "Oh, you're right, I have been misled and agree OS xxx is a better choice." No, I haven't.

I choose my OS because I like it, and I think it does a good job at what I need. Shouldn't I (or we) allow others to do the same. I shouldn't need to belittle another OS to make mine the right choice.

Is it possible to say "I no longer participate in OS debates?" I don't want to shut up about what I like, just don't want to spend my time proving it's value by focusing on failures of another OS. Am I living in reality? Development of our Linux plan will be excellent testing ground for this.

Posted by mike at October 7, 2003 11:54 PM