Switching Back to Desktop Linux
Subject:   The best "review"
Date:   2006-06-02 05:37:52
From:   EGN
After reading the whole thing, what really made it worth the time were the comments by M.Elfstrand. That really sums it up.

Many years ago I thought the same way Chromatic does. I thought people were just plain lazy not to build their own apps, used only FOSS although I never looked at the code or modded it or was particularly schidsoid about people putting backdoors, etc. I did that for over 20 years.

I switched from Linux and FreeBSD to OS X this year and I am never going back! I still use FreeBSD on my servers but for productivity, running my business, programming in PHP and MySQL I will stay with OS X.

In the past I had to waste time hacking the X Server and all those apps that would not compile because of dependencies or a port that had to go before another one. Now I just install whatever app I want and that is it! Multimedia, networking, wireless and all I need right out of the box. Even LAMP installs right away with very little tweaking on OS X.

If OS X is not for you, don't use it. And I would never defile a Mac by installing Linux or any other OS on it. Get a PC for that plus you'll save a lot of money.

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  • The best "review"
    2006-06-05 09:23:29 [View]

    If OS X is not for you, don't use it. And I would never defile a Mac by installing Linux or any other OS on it. Get a PC for that plus you'll save a lot of money.

    This is the exact kind of crap I've heard whenever I tell ppl I like Linux on my iBook -- and why I appreciate this article so much. Save money, how? You get what you pay for, you've seen the reviews that list the new iMac Intel being the fastest Windows machine ever? So why would you not want your favorite OS on it as well? Personally I like parts of OS X, but my exper mirrors the author of this article. Apple fan(atics) could just say, "it takes different strokes to fill the world" but instead come up with this illusion that everything Apple is unbeatable, and if you disagree you're "defiling" the Mac! So funny...look, it's a computer, a tool, use it way it works best for you, and drop the zelotry.
    • The best "review"
      2006-06-05 20:25:50  EGN [View]

      ...and drop the zelotry..

      Back to ya, chum.

      You must have meant: zealotry |-?tr?| noun. Not as bad as extremist or bigot. Sort of falls in between enthusiast, fanatic and the aforementioned two. Hey, not too bad. So...

      Yep. Looks like I'm turning into one. Must be the great "all works" experience. Real bad influence. Not the hack, hack, sweat to make it work; waste time getting it to work, untill finally, maybe it works, sort of, experience with desktop Linux. Yeah, I know it's a whole lot better now than 10 years ago, but still, not there yet. Ive used it for over 10 years. So I should know kiddo. You write and sound like you were probably suckling on your mum's tit back when I was using Linux/UNIX/BSD. So you haven't got a clue! But I, on the other hand, can tell you from EXPERIENCE. See, that's what us OLD folk have plenty of. And no, OS X is not for seniors. Its' for people who want to get the job done and have time left over for other things.

      Though I must admit, better a Linux zealot than a Windoze one, eh? Cheers!