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I sympathize with Mark Hammond's decision. Apple is the lesser evil of non-free software. In the light of Apple's stubbornness and lack of transparency my bough creaks from time to time but it is holding strong for now.
I'm still hoping for a good and free alternative and if I see the progress that is being made on that front —as opposed to the complete lack of progress on the Vista front— that hope may well be justified. Until that is a reality, I can hold out a bit longer.
Made by alper at 2006-06-06 23:08
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While some of his complaints are justified, and while I'm certainly known to think Apple can be an evil blight, this article is a little over the top, I think.
For starters, while I can see how he likes certain open source apps more compared to os x's built in set of apps, os x, eventhough it peddles a far more integrated feel compared to vista, does NOT make you jump through hoops to swap tools. Also, os x actually SHIPS with this stuff in the first place. I can understand you liking camino or firefox more than safari, but at least safari is usable. Similar stories for the rest of his list. In fact, whereas the techies who actually prefer IE are virtually non-existent, there are reams of diehard web jockeys who like safari anyway, myself included.
The article then dives into a rant which, while valid, has little to do with apple. In particular, it saws on about a known apple flub: Their backup systems are less than stellar.
Doesn't matter. Apps like Super Duper allow you to make proper backups, and apple's hardware and os allow you to boot a backup as if its your real drive, something that's utterly impossible to pull off with the flourish that is allowed by apple hardware. This guy not using the tools available to him just sounds like a whine that he likes absolute perfection. I think we all like absolute perfection, but implying that open source products are it, is a fallacy.
For now, on apple hardware, you can do a heck of a lot, and you can do virtually all of it right. Just about every problem he mentions was at least solvable with some ease.
Finally: Commercial tie-ins? Really? What commercial tie-ins?
I booted up my shiny new macbook, and there were NO commercial tie-ins. The only one I could find after a long search, that looks somewhat unreasonable, is the crap that pops up when you start quicktime separately instead of just opening a movie file.
That's it. I mean, my god. Compare that to ANY off the shelf installation of anything else out there, in most situations including linux distros, and I have to say this guy is pulling things waaay the heck out of proportion.
His rant has its heart in the right place, but I doubt this will convince anyone except die hard open source nutjobs^H^H^H^H^H^H^Hevangelists.
You're forgetting to address his point about openness which is essentially the core of his argument and the focal point of a blogosphere reverb inspired by Pilgrim's post.Working WiFi
I also care deeply about openness and the only reason I'm not really using Linux right now is because it is not fit for use. Openness is the moral good, the sustainable, the transparent; it will outlive us and save our data but things have to work.
Like mentioned in Gruber's post, it is a question how you balance your values versus your convenience at this point in time. Currently the balance is in favor of a Macbook but I am pretty sure that this will not always be the case.
Switching to Ubuntu looks good, but definitely not until Tim Bray's three conditions are met:
If those are met and the platform has matured, some reconsideration may be in order.
Until then I will have to try out this Ubuntu thing on my desktop. It has a Debian install, but that has been broken for ages after an X upgrade. Maybe an Ubuntu reinstall (woohoo! just like Windows!) will fix it.
on June 18,2006 15:16
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