I cannot agree that this is outrageous. While it would certainly be nice if hardware manufacturers were supportive of other Operating Systems, the onus is on any buyer to do proper research prior to buying - anything. Houses, cars, computers...
It is not outrageous to suggest the same if a buyer chooses a vehicle, then complains bitterly that many gas stations they stop at do not offer Bio-fuel or diesel. You might agree that their complaint is valid, but it just as valid that they chose to buy a vehicle that doesn't use the standard gasoline.
This may be true, but this does not mean that it applies to everyone as though they all had wasted hours distro hopping. I also distro hopped in order to see what other distros offer and configurations they set up - I thoroughly enjoyed the experience.
This is definitely true.
And had you not denigrated the Linux desktop in repeated statements, no one would have reacted to the disparity.
I think that because what you intend and what you are thinking about are what highlights in your mind, you may not notice some of the things you say that would highlight in others mind far more noticeably.
Please re-read your posts and focus more on the negative statements you made about Linux in order to promote what you had as good experiences on windows.
You used comparison between the two in order to highlight what you enjoyed about Windows - and each one was about how things don't work on Linux, are buggy, etc.
It is relevant.
The idea of comparing user experiences must include what @swarfendor437 calls PICNIC: Problem in chair not in computer.
Many of us reference this in posts, often humorously. It is very important for all users to recognize personal responsibility and allow room for growth and learning.
@Elegant_Emperor this can as easily apply to you.
Consider how you had worded your arguments against Linux specifically as
"How many people wasted hours trying different distros"
"How many people wasted hours searching alternatives"
You do not know how other people use their computers and whether or not they had the same motives in searching for other applications (I often did so because I was reveling in the option of having options) - to assume that for them it was a terrible experience is no more valid than for you to say @DeanG assumes what happened to a persons computer.
Many users are honest and responsible and they come to this forum and directly say: "I do not know what I am doing. Can you help me with figuring this out." I mean.... I cannot list the millions of things that I do not know. Or wouldn't even begin to know how to do. It's normal and it is not humbling at all to admit to the fact we do not all have all-encompassing knowledge.
From your perception, you may view it as your intention. However, what you physically posted was that your experience on Windows was superior due to buggy, sluggish, unstable apps on Linux as a whole, including material that you struck out and retracted.
I agree that directly calling a user inefficient is not helpful. Had that been the case, that would need to be addressed.
DeanG gave a general example that is applicable - one of the possibility of PICNIC. This is equally valid to your assumption that in a general sense, users experience the lacking features, sluggishness or bugginess that you suggested and must distro hop trying to find a working distro.
However, Debating and asking users to support claims is 100% helpful.
Per the example I also gave: "Fact: Pink dragons get more lollypops..." Any person can post a bit of information without support and mislead another person.
In order to hash out clarity, determine the most accuracy and keep a balanced view, formally debating and asking each claimant to support their claims is essential.
It certainly should not be one-sided, nor be allowable that any person can just make any claim without support.
I was typing a lot and quickly and made a very embarrassing error. The word "billion" was in my brain and I typed it instead of "million". I quite literally busted up laughing at the absurdity of it as you (rightfully) responded "There aren't that many people on the planet."
If you hadn't called me out on that, it may have remained as an incorrect statement unless I noticed it re-reading it.
And that's a good thing and it allowed me the opportunity to go back in and correct it.
Opposing views are a part of life and hashing out what makes those differences so marked is also beneficial. Just because two people may begin to argue over the topic does not mean that the topic is no good.
But we all must make allowances for how we perceive statements. Notably, our own.
If a person logs into Windows and has a pleasant surprise on their experience (Which many users comment on without incident), it may be more conducive to that discussion to not relate this experience by repeatedly asserting that Linux falls short in place after place after place. I think it likely you went on a tangent that you had not intended by comparing Linux and Windows, which is why that comparison does not highlight for you as it does for others.
Many apps work very well on Linux even though they are made for Windows, because the developers developed them on Linux, then adapted them to work on Windows.
Some apps work better on Windows. Some work better on Linux. But as a Linux Support forum, it is important to support claims, show the actual differences; Rather than claim Linux generally just falls short and leave it at that - disenchanting users who are eager to make the switch without cause.
This threads strongest highlight is it demonstrates how we all perceive what is said by others including what is said by ourselves. It is interesting how one statement can draw very different focus from different people.