On 03/03/2014 10:15 PM, Tres Finocchiaro wrote:
Being a "windows user" is a self-inflicted condition

The average windows user brings less to the table.. ...than the average Linux (or Mac) user does.


I don't want to start a war over Operating Systems.

Neither do I, and I have nothing against people who use windows. It's anyone's personal choice which OS they use on their computer, and as long as they are not - for example - keeping any of my sensitive personal data on their computer, it's none of my business what OS they use. I'm entirely fine with people using Windows, Mac OS, FreeBSD, Hurd, Plan 9, Solaris, Haiku or FreeDOS... it's fine with me.

That said, that doesn't mean we have to deny certain realities. It's just a fact that there's a certain difference in culture between Windows users and users of other operating systems, and most Windows users simply do not contribute as much to the software they use. Windows users are less likely to care - or possibly even know - about the workings and principles of open software, or collaborative development models, and are more likely to see software as a product and not something they can actively participate in.

Note that I'm not saying all Windows users are like this. Just that this kind of attitude is more common among Windows users.

It would be easy to say that the difference is because they use a proprietary OS and thus have less knowledge about open source, but curiously, this doesn't seem to apply (to the same extent) to Mac users. So the actual reasons are probably a bit more complex. Nevertheless, it's a fact that most FOSS projects see much more contributions from Linux/Mac users than from Windows users.