> The point is this: there is a
> significant difference between a desktop
> operating system that is "Unix-based,",
> and Unix that has a "desktop
> environment" running on top of it. OS X
> is the former and Unix/Linux is the
See, this is exactly why your article is clueless, rather than just incorrect. There is indeed a significant different between a Unix+Desktop system and a "Unix-like" system (like Coherent, cygwin, OS/9, and many others). BUT YOU DON"T REALIZE THAT OS/X isn't like those, it's real BSD Unix. You might not like the default environment, though that seems to be mostly out of ignorance or lazyness (yeah, it's a pain to install the developer CD separately, but hardly an issue - I guess you didn't know that even Solaris doesn't come with some sets of tools out of the box or that Linux distros can be very different than the excellent Red Hat package) but it is real Unix, there is no question of that.
Many of us have hated X for years, and finally getting a good desktop for Unix is a great thing. It's also nice that it fully supports X and legacy X applications, and has a lot of great tools for quickly designing windowing applications with easy hooks back into real Unix.
Freshmeat has no business publishing this kind of clueless article with a name-dropping misleading headline.
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The article is so clueless that it could only have been planted here for one purpose. To get me to create an account just to say how clueless it is.
Is the author really this stupid? Or did he just close his eyes and poke around for a few minutes. I figured High School, not College. Your parents are wasting their money.
Everything you complain about is either minor, or is easily installed. X, gcc, every utility you could name is available for OS/X. That's because it is a Unix variant (BSD, which many of us liked better for years before the descendants of System 5 became the standard through Linux), and as Unix as you can get.
Get a clue.
What the hell is this nonsense doing on FreshMeat? This is a software site. Is it now for articles that couldn't get on SlashDot in a million years?