On Wednesday, 14 February 2018 at 20:37:24 UTC, bachmeier wrote:
There's (almost) no such thing as bad publicity...
Programming languages and operating systems have a long history of hot advocacy... not sure how it relates to adoption, but it affects perception.
E.g. vocal mac users gave the mac a certain (not so great) reputation in tech circles. I don't think that perception changed till iOs and mac mini.