Myths have a very long half-life, especially when it has to do with operating systems. Let’s say version N of some software was really bad at doing something, which got fixed in version (N + 2). It won’t be until version (N + 5) or so that most people will realize that the problem has been fixed. Until then, this will remain a hot topic for discussion each time the subject comes up.
You know what the best part is? Not one of these people would have used any version of the OS for the past five years. For instance, a typical complaint would go like this: “I used Linux (read, Red Hat Linux 7, from the Dark Ages) sometime ago (read, six years ago) and the screen resolution sucked!” Obeying the rules of gossip, this gets translated into, “The resolution on Linux sucks!”
Unfortunately, everyone not using Linux will continue to believe this myth until someone demonstrates that the screen resolution on Linux is actually awesome. Note that it is insufficient to demonstrate that the screen resolution on Linux is as good as that on any other system. That’s just too mundane to catch on.
This phenomenon works all six ways (Linux, Windows, Mac = factorial(3)). Windows and Mac being more ‘mainstream’, however, their features and releases receive greater publicity.
It is interesting how these different groups interact with each other, almost as if they were following their own religion. Blind faith, superstition — it has all the elements except physical violence. Maybe one of these days, governments will force their citizens to use one or the other piece of software. Then, countries will go to war over operating systems.