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My operating system is my religion

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I am truly amazed at some of the fanatical responses to any indication that a particular operating system is below par. It seems that when someone is confronted with a statement like your operating system is no good because..... the rest just doesn't get heard. The offended person immediately goes into a tirade about why their operating system is good. Not just good it is the best operating system there is and there is no better operating system than my chosen one.

There is only one other subject that I know of where people have such blind faith in their chosen path and that is religion. In religion wars have been fought because the so called "enemy" is a different religion. In the digital world flame wars have been fought just because the so called "enemy" is a proponent of a different operating system. Those wars are no less vicious and even though they are bloodless they can be more damaging. There is a saying that the pen is mightier than the sword and it is true. A bloody nose will heal and be none the worse for wear but a sharp word can wound for a lifetime.

Why is it that people are compelled to defend their chosen operating system?

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