, but may predate it] flame war
s over religious issues
The paper by Danny Cohen that popularised the terms big-endian
was entitled "On Holy Wars and a Plea for Peace".
Other perennial Holy Wars have included Emacs
, my personal computer vs. everyone else's personal computer, ITS
Unix vs. USG Unix
vs. Fortran, etc., ad nauseam.
The characteristic that distinguishes holy wars from normal technical disputes is that in a holy wars most of the participants spend their time trying to pass off personal value choices and cultural attachments as objective technical evaluations.
See also theology