Originally Posted by MacRulez
Relax. Why is it Mac folks have gotten so angry in recent years?
Why is wondering after your resistance to simple definitions "angry"? Why are Linux fans so disingenuous?
Partisan is normally reserved for politics, as in its root word, "party". I suppose its usage could be extended to fandom of all sorts, and no doubt you could dig up a link to some definition supporting that in a further effort to make me look foolish. Mea culpa, you win on that if that's what you like to do.
So I see that your main rhetorical gambit is to actually argue your point, then finish by affecting this "it's all cool, don't really care" thing. If you don't really care why are you bothering to argue?
For what its worth, "partisan" is commonly used to mean "fervent supporter" of most anything, and given the near religious zealotry of OS fandom is particularly apt in that case. I don't want to make anyone look "foolish", I just care about what words mean.
All I'm saying is that this notion that there can only be one OS in the world for all possible needs is a bit silly. Bashing Linux in a Mac forum obviates an opportunity for partnership that can help erode Microsoft's stranglehold on the industry, with Mac taking the top end and Linux eating away at the bottom.
Again, I don't really care about Linux one way or the other. Don't have anything against it. I just took note that it struck me as funny or odd that, in a thread on the Mac App Store, there seemed to be a lot of strenuous Linux, yes, partisanship. Seemingly out of nowhere. Which suggests a constituency that perhaps is a bit thin skinned about the status of their platform, your protestations of mellow nonsectarianism notwithstanding. Hopefully we won't have to worry about sects and religion and inapplicability.
Let people use what they enjoy, and enjoy your own choice as well.
Yes, right. So it shouldn't be necessary to get all marketshare-y about stuff, since we're just chillin', yes?
IIRC those stats were in response to a post questioning market share. Had the question not been raised, no one would have taken the time to link to the stats.
But why bother? Everybody should just use what they like, what does it matter if they get carried away with promoting their choice? You can't really keep acting like you're above the fray because it's all cool by you while policing threads for Linux Error. You know?
You'd be surprised. Lots of Windows apologists too. Fanboi trollers show up all over the place, advocating all sorts of things. It's the Internet; merde happens.
Yes, I would be surprised if Mac users were showing up on Linux threads at all, much less in the numbers that various "Mac people are clueless and must be schooled" types seem to haunt Mac discussions.