While I appreciate that this will still be lost on many people, it’s the best way I’ve come up with for describing my autism.
I run Linux (it doesn’t matter which Linux - let’s assume Ubuntu). NTs run Windows.
Sure, Windows is more user friendly and has more functionality in some areas. Linux takes a bit more know-how to do some of the things which are fairly simple on Windows. But Linux is better for other things, if you know how to use it.
Sure, some programs take some effort to get running, and sometimes you just have to give in and run it through a Windows emulator, which is harder work for the system.
But most of the problems come from the fact that the majority of other people run Windows, and assume you do too.
Even your work assumes you run it, and everything is built around that assumption.
A lot of people don’t develop for Linux since they don’t consider you a large enough demographic to bother. Hell, Valve are the only ones pushing for games to be developed for you.
So, you use what you can. Open Office is just as good as Microsoft, even if the functionality is a little different.
The issue is sending files to other people. They try to open them in MS Office and it does work, but it might not get all of the formatting right. Seemingly a little thing, but it’ll be enough for co-workers and friends to exclaim “It would be so much easier if you just ran Windows!”
And you want to tell them that it would also be easier if they ran Linux. But, of course, they would tell you that was ridiculous. Who wants to put up with that?
But they don’t seem to mind when you manage to do your work faster than they thought possible, because you weren’t trying to run everything through a clunky OS, or an emulator.
Not to mention the mess that is Windows 8…