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Poll: Does loving your operating system really make sense?

The TechRepublic Windows Blog member poll: Does loving your operating system really make sense? Does it hurt your professional reputation?

I realize that I have said this before, but I want to restate, for the record, that I do not love Microsoft Windows. It is an operating system. It is a tool. It just happens to be the operating system I am most familiar with and most comfortable using. I get paid to produce content about Windows, which means I approach it as objectively and as dispassionately as possible.

However, it is obvious that there are many TechRepublic members who feel very passionately about their chosen operating system. They troll the TechRepublic discussion forums espousing the alleged superiority of their operating system. Of course, applying even minimal scrutiny to their claims reveals faulty logic and subjective self-interest that renders their arguments factually inaccurate in the least and often outright lies at their worst.

The childish nature of these arguments (my dad can beat up your dad, comes to mind) intrigues me. Doesn't being so passionate about an operating system that you find yourself ignoring the facts, ignoring the real pros and cons, ultimately mean that you will be inaccurate in your assessments of merit? Doesn't such passion diminish your professional stature? Doesn't the continued proclamation that this operating system is better because it does "this," when the "this" is either not true or totally irrelevant, mean that eventually you will lose all credibility as an information technology professional?

Don't you think it is about time we take a step back, take a deep breath, and look at operating system choices with the cold, calculating eye of the dispassionate business decision it actually is?

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Mark W. Kaelin has been writing and editing stories about the IT industry, gadgets, finance, accounting, and tech-life for more than 25 years. Most recently, he has been a regular contributor to BreakingModern.com, aNewDomain.net, and TechRepublic.

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