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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
    2006-06-01 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. :)
  • 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
      2006-06-02 10:26:33  chromatic | O'Reilly AuthorO'Reilly Blogger [View]

      I considered upgrading to Tiger, suspecting that it might upgrade the CLI utilities to deal with resource forks and improve the Aqua/X11 integration.

      I knew it wouldn't add the windowing system features I wanted.

      I didn't care about the new features (Spotlight, uh... other stuff...?), as they would have little immediate effect on my productivity.

      I decided it wasn't worth buying a once-a-year ticket on the upgrade train to gamble that eventually Mac OS X would allow me to work the way I want to work. Maybe that makes me a fool and a crank and a puppy-hating jerk, but I run into frustrations maybe once a week with Linux and ran into frustrations a couple of times an hour with Mac OS X. It just didn't make sense to me.
    • fsusage
      2006-06-06 21:09:04  kms-werk [View]

      Hell, I wouldn't mind it on my OS X Tiger 10.4 MacBook Pro (Intel):


      [kself@holehawg:kself]$ man fsusage
      No manual entry for fsusage
      [kself@holehawg:kself]$ fink apropos fsusage
      Information about 4977 packages read in 4 seconds.
      [kself@holehawg:kself]$ which fsusage
      [kself@holehawg:kself]$ locate fsusage
      [kself@holehawg:kself]$ md
      md md5sum mdcheckschema mdimport mdutil
      md5 mdatopbm mdfind mdls
      [kself@holehawg:kself]$ mdfind fsusage
      [kself@holehawg:kself]$


      (You do know that Spotlight's a GUI wrapper around mdfind, right?

      Bonus points to anyone who knows where "holehawg" comes from.

      /me shuttles back to his yurt....
      • fsusage
        2006-06-29 19:51:35  siracusa [View]

        The command is called fs_usage (note the underscore).