And then there's my pet OS of choice - the one commonly associated with The Penguinista.
It'll run on Intel/AMD, PowerPC, SPARC, calculators, TiVO boxes, game consoles, soda machines and I dunno what else - there's some long ol list someplace.
For me at least, it combines ease of use - traditionaly attributed to MACs (well, for me an my family at least) with widely available software - traditionaly attributed to Windows. It's get'n closer to being all things for all users. Maybe, someday - but not intentionaly. That's not the goal. Tux and it's users simply enjoy being what they are. Some revel in being a wee bit odd. Others try to blend in. Then there're those who simply don't care. It's their choice. That's a big deal - doing what you want, how you want. But, that's not limited to Penguin users.
Using it for daily desktop productivity, perimeter defense, penetration/security testing, LAN and workstation diagnostics and all kinds of recovery efforts as well as the traditional server rolls - public and private (plus a couple o custom doohikies) only shows it's many faces and possable uses. What I do with my Penguin boxen may well be doable with other OSes - but I've no idea how. And no else is obligated to care one way or the other either way. S'long as what they want is there.
From my viewpoint, it's pretty hard to beat - special when price is a factor. Thank god my viewpoint ain't the only one!
Biggest deal, however - no matter what you use - is the ride. Choose your ride, enjoy it, get there and get home again so you can do it again tomorrow. Or just go 'round in circles, if'n ya wanna. It's pretty easy to get fanatical for the OS de Jur. I've been there - got tired of it real fast. Didn't do anybody any good. I mostly wanna see folks get done what they need. If price is a concern, cool. If some particular strength/feature is attrractive - no prob. S'long as they get there and back again.
Yea - I wave at HD (Honda, Yamaha, Ducatti, etc, etc) riders too, even talked to a few now and then.
Amazing how much we all have in common, inspite of the logos.