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    Why do many Linux fans have a greater distaste for Microsoft over Apple?

    by plump.mentor-0z ·

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    I am just curious to know this. Even though Apple is closed today and more tightly integrated within their ecosystem, they are still liked more by the Linux community than Microsoft. I am curious to know why that is the case and why there is such a strong distaste for Microsoft even to this day.

    I would love to hear various views on this! Thank you to those who do answer and throw your thoughts out! 🙂
    It’s not my case (I dislike both of them more or less the same way), but like most people I remember that Microsoft actively fought against FOSS in general, and Linux in particular.

    While the company has changed a lot since then, I can understand that people still resent Microsoft for that.

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      A similar comparison

      by birdmantd ·

      In reply to Why do many Linux fans have a greater distaste for Microsoft over Apple?

      The same question could be asked for Intel vs. AMD processors or when Microsoft was trying to force PC manufacturers to install MS Windows on their computers.

      Clearly, there has been more than one instance of computer hardware/software companies trying to monopolize their industries and a lot of deep-rooted resentment that still remains today. In general, we all like to root for the little guy when the bigger corporations try to muscle in. Also, no different with the cellular phone companies (At&t, Verizon/Sprint, T-Mobile).

      Don’t get me wrong, I do think Apple is too monopolistic today (but not like it was in the 80’s and early 90’s) but you have to pick your battles carefully. It can be hard to pick out the “good guys” vs. the “bad guys” today.

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      Put Simply

      by hal 9000 ·

      In reply to Why do many Linux fans have a greater distaste for Microsoft over Apple?

      Windows is a Microsoft Product and the Apple OS is based on BSD with a Apple Designed Front End and has nothing at all to do with Microsoft.

      BSD Incidentally stands for Berkeley Software Development which besides Unix is probably the most stable OS running at the moment so I would suggest the Apple Fans consider their Open Source OS the most secure and stable as apposed to the rest of the freely available ones that have sufficient software to be useful.

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      Why do many Linux fans have a greater distaste for Microsoft over Apple?

      by smitty311 ·

      In reply to Why do many Linux fans have a greater distaste for Microsoft over Apple?

      Having been unwilling to pay Apple prices, I have never used it so can’t really have a distaste for it. I have used Windows from 97- Win7 and did not like the registry, the forced updates, and the Win8 convergence experience. I tried Linux and found many choices, and the ability to customize it to what I want.

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