Linux and windows stereotypes

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In our lives we tend to apply stereotypes. Everyone has a stereotype for their work, ethnic persuasion or geographical location. Particularly in the computing industry there exists, often spiteful, stereotypes between windows and Linux advocates. They not only have stereotypes for the 'other side' so to speak but also for themselves.

Stereotypes are a brand that everyone does not like to be compared to, however, like myths, there is often a germ of truth.

The funny thing about stereotypes is that a group of people choose one trait to describe another group of people and it sticks. Never mind that all other groups of people also have that trait as well. I guess it all comes down to our need to put everybody in little boxes so we can understand them.

Windows stereotypes for themselves.
* They are using a professional system with commercial support the world over.
* There is more hardware support for their operating system.

Windows stereotypes for Linux.
* They only use Linux because they don't have to pay for it.
* They are not average people and have to be computer hackers to want to use Linux.

Linux stereotypes for themselves.
* Linux is the best thing since sliced bread.
* It is so easy to use that Grandma can use it.

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