Re: Can't we all just be friends?
> OS X is a pretty and easy to use desktop
> OS, and its support of lots of UNIX
> tools is great. But Apple would be
> foolish to target open source users.
> Apple clearly can't go it alone,
> otherwise OS X wouldn't incorporate so
> much open source software--they need a
> vibrant open source community.
> Apple also doesn't have the goods.
> People use open source software because
> openness is important to them. No
> matter what the technical merits of
> systems like Cocoa may be, the closed
> source portions of OS X are, well,
> closed. They don't even conform to open
> Throwing out the challenge to Linux
> developers "you can't make a
> desktop as nice as this" is also
> quite dangerous--Apple may find out
> quickly that they are very wrong. The
> only reason Apple hasn't been seriously
> targeted for open source cloning is
> because, so far, they have neither been
> a threat to Linux nor a big factor in
> the market. And the open source
> community has a lot more resources and
> people than Apple.
> Apple should focus on recruiting current
> Windows users--that's where their market
> is, that's where their expertise is, and
> they have more than enough technical
> work on their plate. Apple: don't get
> sidetracked or foolish.
They are already eating away some market share from Linux users. As stated numerous times, they are quite happy with the stuff OS X offers and don't need the Linux specifics.
Although not being technically correct I consider both, Linux and MacOS X a Unix system.
At least, it doesn't make any difference at all from my point of view whether I work with Linux, Tru64 or MacOS X.
I have an iBook running X, my computer at work is an AlphaStation running Tru64 and I have also access to various Linux workstations.
I am not limited with my OS X computer in any way, on the contrary.
As a long time computer user, I am probably influenced most by my first one -- an Amiga 500. I have seen that you don't have to configure easy stuff in the shell.
Why do I have to edit text files when I want to configure my printer. With OS X I plug it in and print.
You will probably argue that Linux isn't the ‘right thing for me' then.
I don't care. The point is that I want to get my jobs done. I have to edit numerous text files for my numerical calculations. I have to write my own shell scripts, too. I write and test them on my iBook and use them on the AlphaStation.
Do I care about the tools you mentioned? Nope, I have installed the Developer Tools as well as fink. I don't think it is that difficult for a computer savvy to figure out to install Developer Tools on a separate CD. That you can also download for free.
As far as I am concerned, I have everything *I* need: TeX, GnuPlot, Octave, vim, etc.
The only thing I don't have is an f95 compiler that I'd need to run my simulations at home.
Last time I checked, there is no f95 compiler available *for free* for Linux (we had to pay big bucks for ours).
After all, OS X gets my job done, I got ‘Unix' (as explained above). So why don't you spare us all with your polemics and tell the truth.
OS X is not a big iron ‘Unix' (yet) or a solution to everything/everyone. Neither is Linux.
But certainly for some, [put in your OS of preference] is the better choice. For me, it happens to be OS X. Move on.