Even though I wrote a very popular post about the Zen of Mac,
to show that I can be fair, I thought I would write about what I hate about Apple.
I don’t think Apple has the perfect Operating System or company even though I use OS X as my preferred desktop OS and I love it. They could still improve on things, so on that note these are things I hate about Apple.
1. Dump the silly DRM stuff COMPLETELY, not just for part of your library.
DRM just insults our intelligence. Apple is supposed to be ahead of the curve and creating a user experience that is better than any other desktop OS. “Authorizing” my music when I reinstall my OS is extremely obnoxious. Have some guts and say no to DRM period! No Mac users want DRM, so why are you providing a service we don’t want. Sounds like another OS we have all heard of…tread carefully!
2. Free and Open Source Software package management system doesn’t exit!
Your core OS is UNIX, yet you STILL can’t figure out how to integrate a decent package management system for FOSS? Huh, I don’t get it? Integrate Fink or Darwin Ports, or copy debian, but get with the program, it is embarrassing!
3. Regular Commercial Software Package Management doesn’t exist…i.e. the “uninstaller”?
Again, why is it so hard to uninstall or reinstall commerical software on OS X? There is at least one robust open source packagement tool
4. Locking the iPhone.
Unless this was a very shrewd marketing campaign for the iPhone, what did you think was going to happen when you released the iPhone without an SDK and locked it to ATT? Lets have less “locking” and rules with things we pay tons of money for. Just release the friggen SDK already, even Microsoft has an SDK for their phone.
I don’t want to hear all of the excuses either, like Safari is an SDK. They are all lame! Just do it already.
5. Don’t break UNIX behaviors that should work.
Now why doesn’t autofs work again? Is it because your pushing AFP? That is nice and all, but I like NFS so keep the tinkering off of autofs and make it work again! I shouldn’t have to buy an Open Directory Server to serve automounts when I could just use autofs. This was either a real poor design choice, or a somebody from Microsoft was hired to work on autofs :)
By, the way I think I might be the only person in the world who wrote a how to article on getting NFS to work with GNU/Linux and OS X via Open Directory, so I know what I am talking about: Open Directory Part 3. Everyone else uses AFP, but you don’t have to. Apple just doesn’t publicize it!
6. Now why can’t I write cross platform applications with Mac Developer Tools?
Cocoa is really great, but it is quite a daunting task if you need to write a tool that works on OS X, *nix and Windows. I can understand Cocoa not working as that framework only exists on OS X, but why don’t you have a cross platform development environment? Why not work with one of the dynamic languages like Ruby or Python and build a toolkit that is OS X like, but builds applications for all platforms?
Just dump it already. Seriously, it is way past its prime. Replace it with a modern scripting language like Ruby or Python. A lot of the work has already been done for you.
8. Why does OS X Server require a running GUI?
Take a hint from Ubuntu and have the option to not install and/or run the Window Manager. Your starting to get into big leagues with cluster computing, XSans, and quad core 1U servers. Why oh why do I need the GUI running sucking up tons of CPU and memory when it is a file server, or a render node? You need to lose your server OS beer gut and get into shape!