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  Switching Back to Desktop Linux
Subject:   I want these 8 minutes of my life back
Date:   2006-06-01 16:59:56
From:   chris_barker
I regret having read this article. I learned nothing except that some O'Reilly writers cant be bothered to do their research before publishing.
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  • I want these 8 minutes of my life back
    2006-06-02 07:47:35  sam_kass [View]

    The whole article can be summed up with this line:

    "$129 OS Upgrades ... Sure, I don't get the t-shirt, but I can hold off on installing things that I absolutely do not need."

    Since almost everything the author complained about seems to be better in 10.4, there's really no point to this entire article. The bottom line UNIXis that on 10.4 it's EASIER to figure out what's going wrong in MacOS X than linux. I'd love "fsusage" on linux, and Mail has a nice menu option to show everything it's trying to do.

    The remaining complains really boil down to virtual desktops and focus-follows-mouse. If you really REALLY require these features, then X Windows is your only choice.
  • I want these 8 minutes of my life back
    2006-06-01 18:23:57  eric.rigsby [View]

    I think this comment sums up the "OS X vs. world" idea. Most Mac users get so emotionally attached to the OS. OS X and related apps can do no wrong.

    I agree with almost all of the points made in this article. Some of these complaints I have been making about OS X since it was released.

    I still use my iBook everyday but have FreeBSD installed on all of my other computers. Coming from FreeBSD, I was excited by the possibilities of having a FreeBSD-esque userland to play with in OS X. I have been disappointed so far. The rumors of moving away from the bloated and slow mach kernel are interesting. I still really like my iBook with OS X though. I really like the 12 inch (some people say the screen is to small but I don't want a pizza box in my lap). I have been able to find open source apps that run natively. I am using NeoOffice. I know word processing is always a question.

    It's not Windows too. :)