Is it the polar and stereoscopic nature of reality that causes systems to be funneled into two poles, two hemispheres, two parties, and yes, two operating systems? Why do I have to make so much compromise whatever system I choose? With Mac I get an os that just flows right, has great 'feng-shui', and is a pleasure to work with that I look forward to every day. But I also get limited hardware options dictated to me, limited customizability, the 'mac tax', and a tight lipped secret society nanny company assuring me that it knows what's best. With windows based pc's I get to choose my own hardware, buy my own parts, customize to my hearts content, and shop around, but I get a crappy design-by-committee os that wants to pop up 8 dialog boxes every time I sneeze, and hides related menu items in 12 different places in the os.
I spend more time with my operating system then with any other human in my life. I want to enjoy that relationship. It really reminds me of politics, where I can choose a party with good fiscal sense but horrible social policy, or one with great moral and ethical sense that can't actually execute any of it's plans well or understand their dollar and cents consequences. I know Linux is out there, but it's lack of broad support makes it useful to only certain specific fields of interest and influence, kind of like independent political parties. It all makes me want to tear my hair out. At least the left and right hand work together!!!