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I applied to one post which is a reply to a quesiton of mine about max os x, so i thought that i might as well open a new thread to hear more people's opinion about os x, here is what i wrote:
In my opinion, os x is by far the best os out there, it's stable, powerful and easiest to use (to new computer users in general.) It has full advantage of UNIX, yet it has a basic system structure (Application, System, Library folder) that won't confuse beginners/windows users. For others, you can access the tradiational unix structure via a terminal. On top of everything, apple script can make life even easier --> that's the language that's even easier than vb in my opinion, it's almost pure ENGLISH.
BUT ... (there is always a but to everything, isn't it) it sucks that it only runs on apple hardware and apple will probably never release a windows version like they did with itune. Apple makes very elegant stuff, don't get me wrong, but it's a little pricey for user like me ......
i am used to linux CLI, and spoiled by its nice utilities such as apt, rpm, yast, when i merge to unix, i feel my head is expanding agian <-- like i first did with linux.
Still... i like apple. iPod is awesome, yet i only hope to own one.
well to follow up from your other post I too like OSx, its nice to be able to buy a single box for a group of mixed mac(office stuff) and *NIX/linux users.
I like fink.
I also like aqua, but I'd like to see further integration of X11. I think apple is on the right track for much of the mainstream sci/tech community.
I'll never leave linux, however. I always feel that may 'break' something if I tinker with the mac too much, I still haven't the guts to change the wm for instance where I'd have no qualms on the linux box.
OSX is absolutely brilliant. Too bad I don't own a Mac right now (they are a little pricey!) but I'm absolutely drooling over the Powerbooks and iBook G4's which are very fine machines.
One of the neatest things with OSX (if you are a geek) is Fink, a project to bring programs from the open source world to the Mac. It uses the Debian package management tools (apt-get and all) to install and keep track of things. Like I said - neat.
I have to say I like the concept behind MacOSX as well. I think it is the first OS to appeal to both the "power user" and the everyday user that doesn't know or care how it works so long as it does.
There are some things I don't like however. It is nice of Apple of help OSS by contributing to GCC, cups, postfix, ect. and by releasing there core OS (Darwin) as an Open Source Project. However, I can't help but want more from them. There is still a large proprietary nature to MacOSX as a whole. They certainly leave us out with respect to things like Carbon, Quicktime, and Quartz.
It isn't that I don't understand why they haven't provided OSX completely to the Open Source community. You can bet it wouldn't take long to have it running on PC's and that would be a disaster for Mac's hardware business. But I wish they would give us something, at least maybe a native quicktime viewer for linux or a version of iTunes that uses Qt.
there could be a light at the end of the tunnel it is called marklar and it is produced by Apple (sorry will be) (maybe). There have been rumours about this since the dawn of the idea of OSX. So I wouldnt hope for it to happen to soon.
But if you want to check out the rumour mill check here
no I'd love to see something like that, i love mac Osx, it just kills me that I need a 2K+ piece of hardware to run it !!!!! It a great, well developed OS with lots of great support/development, kinda like linux for the masses
not that there isn't great support/development for linux... but everybody knows mac!! lets hope its open source!!!!