"This is not to indicate you are wrong or right in your opinion; it's just that your perspective is probably so different from mine that it's nearly impossible to formulate something sensible enough to contribute to the thought process of the other side."
So, because I use a Mac, my thinking is somehow "tainted"? Fact is that I use both Linux and Mac. My main computer is a Mac, but I'm typing this message on my second laptop that runs Ubuntu.
Maybe what we need is exactly what you reject: different thinking. Should only hardcore Linux-users be allowed to comment on these kinds of things? Could you get a worthwhile discussion, if every participant has 95% identical opinions and thoughts on the subject-matter? Preaching to the choir doesn't really achieve anything.
I admit: I'm quite pragmatic when it comes to computers. I look for software and hardware that gives me maximum amount of satisfaction and use. It just happens that for me, Mac is it. But that does not mean that I have to "hate" Linux (I don't, I'm a card-carrying member of local LUG) or think free software as "stupid" (I don't think it's stupid, far far from it).
Mac is my primary machine, but I use and enjoy Linux as well. Linux gives me different kinds of benefits, and I enjoy testing new things. And I started using Linux in -98 or so, so I have quite a long experience with it.