The truth is some people are quaking when they see what Apple has done with their UNIX based OS. And they did it damn well. I applaud it. Give credit where it is due.
I personally think Netinfo is a very good idea. I just don't want it to be as cryptic as the Windows registry, you know, with all those long strings of letter and numbers which supposedly do something. I would like a central place to do all my configuring. It doesn't have to be a binary thing. It can be a small database of config files. Or XML files too while we are at it.
gcc is available for Windows too, so is X windows, does make them UNIX though.
I personally hate it when people think that one must configure their system for it to be stable and useable. Hell no, It must have a default state that is immediately useable. Configure things like Apache and sendmail and ftp, yes, configre MIME tyoes and the like NO. Configure sound, NO. Configure video for use. Not unless I am a graphics professional with some really comlex requirements. Finding dependencies is an absolute NO NO. Ask if OS X does this. YES. If that makes it less UNIX then I don't want UNIX. No, I want Linux to be more like OS X in that regard.
I am a linux user on my own PC. I really get the feeling that experianced users have forgotten how long it took them to master the OS. I do not think it is necessary for anyone to do that unless he/she is so inclined, which we are not all sorry to say.
I read somewhere that Freshmeat is a repository of apps people do not want. Maybe it is because developers forget that whilst they understand the apps they develop very well, to eb accepted, they need to be easily useable by the target market. Anyone is immediately comfortable with Mozilla coming from IE. It should be the same with all apps. It is unfortunate that the Windows world has imposed some of this on computing and open source software has too follow (unwillingly), but like MS, maybe we have to 'Embrace and Extend'