Linux and the Mac!

June 15, 2010 at 1:51 pm (Apple, Free Software, Linux, Mac, Opensource, Programming, Technology)

Many users even Linux developers have switched to the Mac. The obvious negative fact for the Linux desktop is that if even the very developers building the platform find it inadequate how will the world ever be convinced Linux is a viable solution with future prospects in the consumer market. I believe many users have enjoyed the polished environment the Mac offers but for many especially developers the main reason is the fact that the Mac offers the Unix tools many have come to love. Apple, has really played the right hand in this case, whether intentional or out of necessity.The fact that the Unix environment had been added to the core of the Mac eliminating the need to create a new tool-set from scratch moved Apple much closer to a complete environment that capped off what many see as the best of both worlds. The looks and the power. This is something Microsoft should have taken note of before spending the millions they have spent on the clunky cmd.exe shell with half-baked utilities (IMHO). Although Microsoft would like to have seen the command-line go the way of the punch card system formally used to program computers and the only means of using the found power of the microprocessor and machine computing. Many developers continue to switch to the Mac for reasons other then the fact that it “is beautiful”. They simply enjoy having the tool-set that has proven valuable and dependable over time. Some claim the Mac is Unix but the architecture is far from a classic Unix system. The Mac architecture is more of a system with the Unix environment “bolted on”, albeit very well.
It is unfortunate that the Free Software/Opensource world has yet to come up with an answer to Windows and now the Mac. We seem to continue taking two steps forward and three steps back every release, yes even Ubuntu. The regressions in the desktop world are not as forgiving as they may have been in the server or academic world. The many applications, utilities, and cosmetic software brought together to make a usable consumer desktop has not yet been tamed. Maybe someone will find that sweet spot and still be acceptable to the community as a whole because it seems Ubuntu is even finding resistance when it comes to the Free Software/Opensource world’s understanding the need for the polish and refinement needed to make a consumer friendly Linux operating system a reality. Much of the development community (outside of the Ubuntu and some Debian developers) accuses Ubuntu of not contributing back to upstream when much of the work done by Ubuntu developers seems to only benefit Ubuntu. I believe they have good reason in some cases because some of the work seeming to help Ubuntu only further separates the usability of the work upstream. This is a problem that needs to find a creative solution.

Many users even Linux developers have switched to the Mac. The obvious negative fact for the Linux desktop is that if even the very developers building the platform find it inadequate how will the world ever be convinced Linux is a viable solution with future prospects in the consumer market. I believe many users have enjoyed the polished environment the Mac offers but for many especially developers the main reason is the fact that the Mac offers the Unix tools many have come to love. Apple, has really played the right hand in this case, whether intentional or out of necessity.The fact that the Unix environment had been added to the core of the Mac eliminating the need to create a new tool-set from scratch. This is something Microsoft should have taken note of before spending the millions they have spent on the clunky cmd.exe shell with half-baked utilities (IMHO). Although Microsoft would like to have seen the command-line go the way of the punch card system formally used to program computers and the only means of using the found power of the microprocessor and machine computing. Many developers continue to switch to the Mac for reasons other then the fact that it “is beautiful”. They simply enjoy having the tool-set that has proven valuable and dependable over time. Some claim the Mac is Unix but the architecture is far from a classic Unix system. The Mac architecture is more of a system with the Unix environment “bolted on”, although I will admit done well.
It is unfortunate that the Free Software/Opensource world has yet to come up with an answer to Windows and now the Mac. We seem to continue taking two steps forward and three steps back every release, yes even Ubuntu. The regressions in the desktop world are not as forgiving as they may have been in the server or academic world. The many applications, utilities, and cosmetic software brought together to make a usable consumer desktop has not yet been tamed. Maybe someone will find that sweet spot and still be acceptable to the community as a whole because it seems Ubuntu is even finding resistance when it comes to the Free Software/Opensource world’s understanding the need for the polish and refinement needed to make a consumer friendly Linux operating system a reality. Much of the development community (outside of the Ubuntu and some Debian developers) accuses Ubuntu of not contributing back to upstream when much of the work done by Ubuntu developers seems to only benefit Ubuntu. I believe they have good reason in some cases because some of the work seeming to help Ubuntu only further separates the usability of the work upstream. This is a problem that needs to find a creative solution.

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