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  • I'm sure Freud discussed it (formally) first, but later it was also called the Stockholm Syndrome, I believe.

    It's the tendency for kidnap victims to develop powerful and quite unexpected emotional bonds with their captors.

    So why is it relevant here?

    Because Microsoft uses deliberate design decisions to beat you into submission.

    The frustration etc you discuss is the aim of the process.

    What goes thru your mind, below the level of awareness, is:

    o I have been conditioned to fear the bully, so I'm not game to switch OSes

    o I have been conditioned to fear switching would mean the pain I've suffered would be wasted

    o I have been conditioned to fear the pain suffered is normal and inescapable for all OSes, and hence I would have to go thru the same pain all over again if I switched OSes

    Alternately: Welcome to Debian!