Stripping Windows, Clothing Linux
The difference between Windows and Linux is the difference between an immaculately-dressed prude and an enthusiastic unabashed nudist.
The immaculately-dressed prude always looks quite good, and usually does what you request, but ask to see its process stack and it’ll slap you in the face. If you buy it a nice meal, and tell it that you love it, it’ll probably let you rummage around under its clothes for a bit, but it’ll complain the whole time, which really kills the mood.
The enthusiastic nudist, on the other hand, will happily show you its process stack, and its TCP/IP sockets. It’ll also tell you all about them, exactly how big they are, how well they perform and what all its friends think about them. The first time you meet it, you don’t know where to look, but you eventually get used to it, and it’s quite fun to romp around with it in the nude. Still, you couldn’t introduce it to your mother, and sometimes you just want to tell it to put some bloody clothes on.
Meanwhile, you’re contacted by your prudish ex-OS, which has started to get over its hang-ups. It’s still immaculately dressed, which is nice, but it’s also started taking blurry pictures of its private parts on its camera phone and sending them to you. That’s as far as it goes, but it’s certainly better than nothing, and at least you can take it out in public.
Jealous of the renewed attention you’re now lavishing on the prudish part-time exhibitionist, your nudist bedfellow makes itself some clothes and starts taking elecution lessons. It looks and sounds…well, quite good actually, but it acts awkwardly, like it doesn’t want to be wearing anything. In the end, the only way you can sensibly interact with it is to get it to take its top off, which it does gladly.
You’re faced with the choice between a prude that wants to endlessly tease you and a nudist that can’t decide which clothes it doesn’t want to wear. Your only alternative is Mac OS, a visitor from beyond the stars. It claims to be a nudist, but can’t survive in Earth’s atmosphere, so it spends all its time in a hermetically sealed exoskeleton and you don’t even know what it looks like.
So those are your options: shirts, skins or alien exoskeleton.