Yes, but not from Microsoft, so my point still stands.
No, it doesn't.
I use an OS so I can use applications
. Perhaps you use an OS just to use an OS, but that's called doing nothing
Similiarly, I have a car so I can go places. I do not have a car so that I can have a car. I know there are people who prefer certain cars because they like going to places in comfort/style, but that's complementary.
In my case, I don't really care so long as the car is functional.
There are those who have a car just to have a car, like an antique or showpiece. I can relate to that in that I have a Quantum Bigfoot HD and all sorts of other technological oddities stored away, because I think they're cool and I like owning a unique/bizarre piece of history.
If you're running linux on some esoteric piece of hardware, you fail into the latter category. Other than that, we're talking about the first one.
And, in the first category, where you can go with a car has everything to do with that car itself and the decision to use it.
To better complete the analogy, it is as if roads are/were built with certain cars in mind, and LOTS of roads have been built for a certain car. Yes, you can pretend that these things are not complementary, but the notion that the roads built for a certain car have nothing to do with that car itself is sort of, well, ridiculous on any level other than a purely abstract one.
I appreciate that for your needs, this other car of yours takes you to where ever you need to go. GOOD FOR YOU, but what about the rest of us?
Some of us don't think the "routine maintenance" of that car is as "routine" as you claim it is, because we are not willing to labor for that which we do not love. Or, more congenially, perhaps we're just used to the sort of maintenance that our car requires, and not willing to do a different, but comparable, type of maintenance. For whatever reason, your car just isn't the same as our car, sorry. Believe it or not, people are different!
Or maybe we just need to ride on roads that only our car can go on, or merely just want
to. And while those roads and our car are theoretically separate, for any practical purpose they're CLEARLY the same. To us, what's the difference?
So, no, your "point" does not stand.
Regardless of your views on Linux on your personal machines something that has the potential to harm Linux has the potential to harm everyone because the fact is that everyone who uses the internet uses Linux. This site runs on it; much of Google, Yahoo, Amazon runs on it; many ISPs use it for all sorts of things; the list could go on for a long time.
OK killing desktop Linux (which this probably won't do anyway) won't kill it on the server but it won't do it any good either. Since Linux relies on its users to help with development putting a barrier in front of new users getting into Linux could lead to a shortage of developers a few years down the line.
Good lord, am I using a computer or am I enlisting in some sort of social cause? How the heck did you get from point A to point B?
And why would expect anyone to follow you there?