There's an old joke that begins like this: What if operating systems were

* Windows Airlines -- The terminal is pretty and colorful, with
friendly stewards, easy baggage check and boarding, and a smooth
take-off. After about 10 minutes in the air, the plane explodes with
no warning whatsoever.

* Mac Airlines -- All the stewards, stewardesses, captains,
baggage handlers and ticket agents look the same, act the same, and
talk the same. Every time you ask questions about details, you are
told you don't need to know, don't want to know, and would you please
return to your seat and watch the movie.

* Linux Airlines -- Disgruntled employees of all the other OS
airlines decide to start their own airline. They build the planes,
ticket counters, and pave the runways themselves. They charge a small
fee to cover the cost of printing the ticket, but you can also
download and print the ticket yourself. When you board the plane, you
are given a seat, four bolts, a wrench and a copy of the
seat-HOWTO.html. Once settled, the fully adjustable seat is very
comfortable, the plane leaves and arrives on time without a single
problem, the in-flight meal is wonderful. You try to tell customers of
the other airlines about the great trip, but all they can say is, 'You
had to do what with the seat?'

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