I have been using Linux primarily since 2000 and exclusively since 2003. In that time, I have found Linux to be a robust and well-supported OS, as long as you stick to compatible hardware. Windows, on the other hand, was always suffering from self-inflicted wounds or fundamental vulnerabilities. I was so much more productive in Linux than I was in Windows that it was really a no-brainer. However, I came to a realization recently: Windows’ many flaws drive the economy.
If it weren’t for Windows, we wouldn’t have so many anti-malware companies vying for your purchase, we wouldn’t have Geek Squad, and large companies wouldn’t have entire divisions dedicated to just keeping Windows from falling apart. In short, Windows is where the money is, because Windows always needs TLC. The same thing is reflected in technology shows and podcasts – the vast majority of questions are about Windows, because Linux users mostly don’t have problems, and the ones they have can be self-diagnosed and fixed. If I were to continue on my path of using Linux and converting others to Linux, I would be chipping away at the enormous Windows service aftermarket, and people would lose their jobs. I don’t want to be a part of that.
So, as of today, I am switching to Windows so that I can learn how to fix its inherent flaws and get a slice of that Windows support pie. I’ll be careful to fix them temporarily, since the real money is in not addressing the underlying problems. After all, if fixing the cause were the goal, people would just have switched to better OSes long ago.