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Re: Clinging to Microsoft (was Re: [opensuse] Why openSUSE is less popular than Ubuntu?)
On 12/8/2011 10:52 PM, j debert wrote:
, LinuxIsOne wrote:

But still it seems amazing!

Microsoft Syndrome. Similar to Stockholm Syndrome. Classic.

People are so accustomed to the aggro and pain of Microsoft that the
thought of using anything less sadistic is frightening.

They accept that their data will be lost, that their time will be
wasted, that they have to do things over and over again, that malwarez
will wreak havoc on their systems, data, finances and personal life.
They accept that they will have to spend a ton of money on their
computers, software, backups, etc., adn. They can't imagine a life
without all that, let alone wish for one. Microsoft is Reality. It's The
Way The World Is. It's the End All and Be All. It's Existence. Microsoft
is God.

That's not entirely sarcasm.

I've seen people's reactions when Microsoft up and fscks everything.
They're annoyed at first but quickly they're resigned to it as if that's
the way it's supposed to be. Rarely has anyone expressed the slightest
desire for anything better.

I used to say "You think that's just life with computers, but no, that's just life with Microsoft."

(It's still true, I just don't bother saying it any more. "If it's so bad then how come everyone uses it?")

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