“A couple of weeks ago I found time to install Dapper Drake, the latest Ubuntu Linux release. In the same week my wife bought a brand new MacBook. The inevitable comparison got me thinking about what makes an otherwise good operating system great,” Alastair Otter writes for TECTONIC.
“I am extremely happy with Dapper. It is noticeably quicker in many tasks and has a number of enhancements that significantly elevate the day-to-day experience. Mac OS X Tiger on the other hand is every bit as good looking, fast and extremely well rounded and without a doubt the simplest OS to use,” Otter writes. “Is it better than Ubuntu? In many ways the two are on a par (sorry Windows – you don’t even feature) but Mac OS X does have something that Ubuntu does not (yet) have: a sense of attention to detail.”
“Whose fault it is doesn’t really matter at the end of the day, though. When a brand new Linux user is frustrated by not being able to set up an Internet connection he doesn’t care that the Gnome people should have worked this out, he just blames Ubuntu and probably all of Linux,” Otter writes. “This is where Mac OS X has the upper hand, for now. The Mac developers could also have decided to just leave the network tools incomplete and expect users to read up online how to use the command line to start and stop their connections. That would go down like a ton of bricks, I bet.”
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MacDailyNews Take: The Linux dream springs eternal. He’s right about the attention to detail, but Mac OS X already offers all that Linux hopes and dreams of offering to desktop/notebook personal computer users and more (iTunes, Office, and about 15,000+ etceteras). Why some of our Linux brethren still can’t or won’t admit to themselves the obvious conclusion that Mac OS X is the best choice for the vast majority of personal computer users is beyond us. Yes, Mac OS X isn’t free, but, as usual, you get what you pay for – US$129 for Mac OS X Tiger is the best software bargain you’ll ever find. Imagine how much faster we’d get to where we all want to go if the Linux proponents jumped aboard and helped us Mac users shovel fuel into the Mac OS X locomotive? There’s no need to build several of your own trains from spare parts when our shiny new bullet train is ready and waiting for you.
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