Re: Reasons, I don't think so Paul..
"From my experiences, and the experiences of friends who've tried to move from *nix to OS X, that "real BSD Unix" is quite hidden and burried... as it should be for a desktop-focused operating system. But that's why OS X, out of the box, is, IMO, not Unix".
is what you said. IMHO, you're the post calling the kettle black. Nothing mroe than your own form of being an elitist! You choose semantics and rhetoric to say Mac OS X is not Unix, if only because it does not *present* itself as Unix does, with the tools you are familiar with.
That is in keeping with what the Mac has always been, "The computer for the rest of us"!
You're what manhy call a "pocket protector." You're very happy taking Linux, which it not in its present sat a desktop product and tweaking, tinkering, compiling, configuring(much like DOS, I might add) to make it work as a desktop. The Mac just works.
While all your Linux chanting is great in the server segment, it fails elsewhere because to function as a desktop, a useable, cost effective desktop will rasie TCO to mroe than unacceptable levels. And TCO can eat an IS department. But then why wouldn't you want Linux? It, like Windows keeps the IS guys in jobs and that is , for most IS guys the name of the game. keep the budget up and the job safe. BTW, go find us one TCO study that shows Linux as a desktop or Windows as a desktop as having lower TCO than Macs.
Keep your Linux for your servers running Apache( did anyone tell you Mac OS X comes with Apache, btw?), but many, many users who are not into programming just don't want to venture into open source, compiling, searching, tweaking...it't too damn time consuming so I can't get any actual WORK done.
I want stuff to just work, I don't want to have to seek solutions in the open source world, chase someone to ficx what I need fixed since I'm not a programmer and don't ahve the time to be one either. By your definition, anyone owning an automobile, is goofy since they aren't engineers, mechanics and do all their own repairs.
You've done little more than disguise the old saw that "If it ain't hard, it isn't good"
Cmon, Paul, think clearly!
And for those who think Apple needs M$ to survive, perhaps think again. OmniWeb/moxzilla/Chimera give the Mac OS wonderful browsers. As for Office, M$ has made a wonderful Mac native product and it's even better by many opinions than its Windows version.
It's also bloatwear and overpriced. Who wants to buy a package that is half the cost of the hardware? And you think Macs are overpriced? Please.
Go check out "ThinkFree office" which for $69 provides all the office features perhaps 98% of the users out there need. More than ever, Apple is becoming less dependent on M$.