Switching Back to Desktop Linux
Subject:   I want these 8 minutes of my life back
Date:   2006-06-02 07:47:35
From:   sam_kass
Response to: I want these 8 minutes of my life back

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.

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  • 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

    (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).
  • 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.