You want to go on a rant about how one platform is better than the others and that anyone who believes otherwise is a mindless zombie captured by the marketing forces of the company you currently loathe?
I’ve got news for you, fanboy.
Yes, fanboy. You’re a fanboy. You use the word derisively against others who disagree with your point of view, failing to see that in doing so, you become the worst sort of fanboy yourself – a hypocritical one.
What am I?
I’m a technologist, and I’m proud of it. What’s a technologist? Let me answer that by telling you what I appreciate:
- I appreciate that before any other computer company, Apple grasped that computers should become consumer tools.
- I appreciate that Microsoft came up with a strategy to commoditise and simplify administration of previously annoying infrastructure components, like printing, file serving and email.
- I appreciate that Solaris was the sort of easy-to-use Unix that led it to be hugely popular in a plethora of businesses.
- I appreciate that AIX pioneered strong Unix security models.
- I appreciate that OpenVMS not only demonstrated excellent file versioning decades ago, but also gave us clustering technology so rock-solid that there are clusters that have uptimes of more than 12+ years.
- I appreciate that Linux fundamentally altered the server industry.
- Indeed, I appreciate that every operating system has (for its time) had something praiseworthy about it, and has equally had something to castigate it about.
- I appreciate that midrange virtualisation proved the mainframe approach to resource sharing and segregation was right all along – we were just waiting for technology to catch up.
- I appreciate that in any healthy market there must be multiple competitors.
- I appreciate that we are now in a period of computing where we’re standing on the shoulders of the giants who came before us.