[nSLUG] MacOS was: Dell Inspiron 1525N w/ Ubuntu 8.04?
irb at ianbezanson.ca
Thu Aug 14 11:56:22 ADT 2008
Ouch... Windows comparison is a little harsh. I'd maybe draw more of
a Solaris comparison. I've been a long-time linux user and a user of
Mac since OSX first came out. I will agree that some *nix-y features
are not as straighforward as they can be, but the basic command
structure is all in place (vs. Windows which has jack for useful
Anyhoo, I'm not going to argue too much here... I just flat-out
disagree with what you're saying. I agree that OSX is "different" in
it's implementation of *nix, but honestly no more than Solaris :P
Just my two cents,
irb at ianbezanson.ca
On 14-Aug-08, at 11:37 AM, Stephen Gregory wrote:
> MacOS is nice and all, but it is no Linux. And while it has a BSD
> layer it has about as much in common with a modern *nix as Windows
> I used MacOS both at work and at home for over a year. I have since
> replaced both machines with Ubuntu. Proponents of MacOS claim that it
> "just works." It doesn't. It works no better and no worst then any
> other modern OS. MacOS has a whole host of annoyances just like the
> other operating systems. I found MacOS fine as long as I worked
> exactly the way that Apple envisioned. As soon as I tried to work
> beyond those bounds I ran into frustration. I have long ranted against
> Gnome for being overly restrictive and only supporting the "Gnome
> way." However compared to MacOS, Gnome is far more accomodating for
> the (even only slightly) savvy user. My biggest frustration with MacOS
> was when something didn't work there was next to nothing that I could
> do to figure out what.
> From a philosophical point of view MacOS is no better then
> Windows. Both companies try very hard to control the user. If anything
> Apple is even more secretive and controlling then Microsoft.
> There is not a strong communinity of opensource MacOS developers
> despite the availability of Mac/DarwinPorts. While most *nix software
> works it often feels bolted on. The *nix tools and the MacOS
> gui fell like two isolated environments.
> MacOS is not a bad operating system, but it is not Linux. MacOS is
> fine as long as you don't mind limiting yourself to the "Apple Way."
> Linux does a far better job at presenting the full power of a computer
> to the user.
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