I browse the hardware/software forums quite a bit, trying to answer any queries in the threads requesting tech support. One thing I've noticed is that there is an increasing trend in recommending other operating systems to fix a problem which may be easily solvable without a complete OS trainstition.
Many of the threads requesting tech support are from Windows users, may be due to it being the most buggy OS, maybe because more people use Windows. Look at any of those threads and you will see at least one person telling the original poster to get a Mac or install Linux.
I think these recommendations are really annoying. Lets take a look at some facts:
Most of the users on this forum are people who got their parents to buy them their hardware equipment. Telling them to get a Mac is a stretch, especially when their current hardware problems can be solved. Its not about what operating system is the best, the thread is about solving the current problem on the current hardware.
Telling someone to install Linux is also just as annoying. If you are posting in forums, chances are you have heared of Linux. I am willing to bet that a vast majority of people who post already know what Linux is and that it doesn't get viruses. If you don't know what Linux is, chances are you wouldn't know what to do when you have installed it. People are using Windows over Linux for a reason, and that reason is NEVER lack of knowledge about linux (at least over here,) so recommending linux is redundant.
This is basically a rant becuase I'm tired of seeing posts recommending operating systems which may or may not solve problems, especially if they are hardware problems which wont be solved by an OS transition. It is true that sometimes a different OS can limit the number of problems you get, but then again you can see many people requesting help about Linux too.
If there is a genuine reason to recommend another operating system then thats fine e.g. recommending Windows over Linux if a user has an ATI graphics card.
Do you think this trend is annoying? On some forums, posting 'get Linux' for any hardware problem is bannable. What are your opinions.