I'm sorry DB, but it's clear you are capable of forming your own opinions about things and, at least to me, it's clear you already have an opinion about Linux and Windows and everything else and you don't need or want to be told what the merits of Linux are.|
In your first post you say "what's the point". Fair enough, it's clear you see no point. But then you bait FooAtari to try and show Linux' merits to you, when it's obvious no matter what he says you'll not be convinced. Anything FooAtari, I, or anyone else on the planet says, you're still going to ask for, like you said it, "one good" reason, because you already know there is nothing you will accept as a good one. I think much the same may be said of spudsbuckley, only he lacks your ability to turn discussions around in a clever way and is more straightforward in his attempts to divert the conversation to a flamewar.
I'd said it before and I'll say it again: an operating system is just the foundation which draws your windows and lets you manage your files. It's the specific software which makes the system useful. I'm pretty sure if the best piece of software for doing whatever it is you do on your computer came out for Linux only (unlikely, of course), you'd find merit in Linux, because it'd let you do your job in the most efficient way.
It's easy to be in the mainstream, because you can just nod your head with pity and say "why do you go against the flow, take the most convenient route" in many different ways. It's much harder to be in the minority, when every conversation like the one we're having right now turns into other people telling me "convince me". I found merit in Linux by myself, and if you didn't, then you won't be convinced.
With that, I really do hope we go back to the original topic of conversation.