OS X has obviously come a long way since this article
was written but I said it then and I'll say it now, "OS X
make Linux moot"
I was a Windoze user since there was windoze. Not
because I like it or thought it was good but because my
job sucked me into it. I tried getting into Linux in the
past but with a job, a family and a life I simply didn't
have the time to learn it well enough that it wasn't a
barrier to doing what I really needed it to do, work.
Now I have a eMac with 10.2 and I can't wait for 10.3
I have been able to learn Unix shells well enough on it
for my job where I work on 'real' Unix systems. Apples
FreeBSD based system has survived legal attacks from
the would-be SCO's over the years and is presently
free and clear of that little tussle.
This thing runs circles around any box I have ever
used. It has never crashed and stuff, 'just works'. Like
my new video capture unit. At first I was miffed
because I couldn't find the CD to load the software like
the instructions said. Then I realized that was for
Windows. On OS X I just plugged it in and iMovie was
But there aren't any apps for Macs, right? We'll that
work I reffered to earlier comes down to email,
manage and print my digital photos, surf the web. Truth
is, the iApps are probably over 80% of what I want/
need to do with my 'home' computer. The OpenSource
community is filing the rest of my needs with apps like
MacGIMP and a GLTerm.
Well, Macs are more expensive. Hmmm... I put this one
to the test to. Just to make sure I wasn't being a geek
and buying a Mac because I thought it was cool when I
could get a Intel box for hundreds less. Funny thing
was, I couldn't find that box anywhere. By the time I
configure it to have what the eMac had I was paying the
So, who do you give your money to? Bill Gates and his
Wintel Cartel or Steve Jobs, the closest thing IT has to
a rock star?
And while I can't argue how 'Unix' OS X is or isn't I do
know I finally found a Linux I could deal with.