Re: The Real Price of a Mac
I really should stay away from this one, for my own sanity, but the flamebait is so... shiny...
OS X is actually known for having good compatibility with devices. Welcome to 1998.
Originally Posted by murderslastcrow
"Sure the OS is bulky without very good reason, but it'll get better, so it's fine."
Also: see Snow Leopard
Right. The only issues people have when switching to Linux are problems with Wine and problems with compiz, and any problems with compiz are their fault because they have bad hardware.
So, what are some typical statements with people switching to Linux, in comparison? Well, first of all, this is from people who aren't preparing for a whole new world at all.
"Why can't I use all my Windows programs?"
"Why doesn't it work perfectly with my ten year old hardware? (compiz isn't fullspeed XD)"
"If I can get all my hardware working, why can't I just get the stupid Wine working!?"
But Apple's idea of Windows compatibility is installing a partition of Windows on your Mac. Really original.
Also: When someone says "I want to switch to Linux, but I want to be able to run X." If X isn't known to run flawlessly in Wine (which isn't a whole lot of programs), the recommendation is almost always to dual boot. The fact is, running an app in its native environment is almost always the way to get the best (or in some cases, any) performance out of it.
Again, welcome to 1998.
Mac OS X isn't a bad OS, but the driver support isn't that incredible, software selection isn't as great as you'd like,
See MacPorts and Fink
since a lot of people don't bother porting their source-code to a Mac interface.
This is the crux of your post. You don't like Mac OS X. Cool. Whatevs. You're making universal statements about it and assuming everyone else feels the same way.
But um, I don't understand the allure.
Sigh. Please see the "common misconceptions" link in my sig.
Again, the OS itself isn't that bad, and would be pretty cool if it weren't a kernel made of cannibalized Open Source covered in a glossy, chunky exterior.
Again, I ain't no Apple-hater.
Why buy a computer at all, if we could be spending the money on world peace?
I just think consumers should be more conscientious about what they really need right now. And if we can all use Linux and still keep most of our programs, with the ability to comfortably use older hardware, then I don't see why people should spend money on expensive computers as opposed to education, alternative energy, and the things that really matter to them.
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