I hear you
I'm pretty much platform-agnostic (if you catch my drift). I believe one should just go with whatever one feels happy/comfortable using.
I genuinely don't mind what other people use: Canon or Nikon, Windows/Linux/Mac, Chessmaster/Fritz, Xbox/Playstation, nVidia/ATI... Why the blazes should I?
As a result, I won't argue with people about which 'thingy' is better than any other 'thingy'. Life's too short. I got over that kind of thing when I was 11 and arguing about the Spectrum/Commodore 64.
Likewise, I should imagine the majority of people really don't care which Distro you use or what PC your Mum uses.
Here's something to consider: those of us who don't mind one way or the other won't be adding to the online arguments about platform superiority, and so that's probably why it looks as if the world is a huge ideological battleground when viewed through the lense of internet discussion forums. The only people that post or contribute to those discussions are those in a vocal minority with egos to massage and an axe to grind.
Wolfen69 wrote:... It just seems that maybe love, relationships, kids, death (the big one) money, jobs, etc, would seem more important. Yet people still want to argue what DE/OS/Computer manufacturer is better. Why? There's something out there for all of us without the need to argue. I'm scratching my head big time on this one.
People argue endlessly about those too. I don't think "tech people" are alone in this
...and they probably argue about them down the pub rather than online! And if you want to see some *really* heated discussions, get onto a newsaper website or The Economist when there's a discussion about a story about the Middle East.
I remember when I worked in a shop: at the end of the week you'd only remember the couple of difficult customers, not the hundreds of decent polite folk that pass through the doors.