I hope this was useful for improving the dialog and gives some pause for assumptions about what user experience must be like for other users.
Plenty of introspection has happened in the Linux community after @linusgsebastian examined the opposite scenario of this.

I intentionally did not @ him and please do not attack him. Others are now copy catting it in obnoxious ways and I won't give them publicity.
In many ways, this was very helpful for the Linux community as it addressed real pain points from new users. Unfortunately, it also enabled many to relentlessly slander Linux communities that I care deeply about.
My hope is not to shame any individual here, but to help better frame the dialog. Millions of people use Linux. For us, it is very ready as a stable, daily driver. That question is settled. It's not hypothetical.
I hope I've made the point that each of the major operating systems has significant pain points, especially if you are not used to them. Windows and MacOS aren't exempt from this. Linux is not exempt from this.
However, as Linux is made of open source communities and unlike the other two, we, as users, can make it better. That said, please realize that many of the people doing this effort are volunteers and this has significantly stressed some of them.
Rather than just demanding things be different, please instead consider how you can participate in improving things.
Linux is foremost about community. If you want Linux to be better, find a community and help it be better. If that's not for you, the least I can ask is that you don't disparage us. For many of us, it's more than a simple preference - it's about belonging to a community.
It may be hard to understand if you only view an operating system from a consumer perspective, but for many of us, these Linux communities are where real friendships are formed - A deep pride in what is achieved together.
That's frankly a deeper draw for me than market share or the state of nVidia drivers. Just look at all the amazing things our communities are able to create from IoT to supercomputers. We as users get to be apart of that.
That said, I was intentionally hyperbolic to make a point, and it is my hope that Linux, Windows, and MacOS enthusiasts might ultimately be able to better see through the lens of one another and be more hospitable in dialog moving forward.
To that end, I'm now putting away the snarky trying to prove a point version of me for now and will resume more friendly Linux content again moving forward.

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