Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 25th Oct 2009 12:51 UTC
Editorial A couple of years ago, a professor at my university had a very interesting thought exchange with the class I was in. We were a small group, and I knew most of them, they were my friends. Anyway, we had a talk about language purism - not an unimportant subject if you study English in The Netherlands.
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Obviously Mac OSX is the greatest OS currently available...

Well, that is the big question here, isn't it? Is OS X the greatest OS out there? Apple (and cult fans) tells us it is, but to know for sure, you have to make a leap of faith and buy a beige box in a pretty dress for a pretty steep markup.

When you do make the leap of faith, you either discover Macintosh + OS X is computing Valhalla or you find you basically bought an expensive but bog standard x86 machine, with a run of the mill *Nix with a prettied up shell.

I think most people would like to find out if the "Think different", "I'm a Mac / I'm a PC" and "It just works" marketing magic of Apple is the honest truth or just a puff of smoke up our collective rear.

we'd like to know and preferably before we pour twice the price of a comparable and decent Windows machine into Apple's coffers. Because going Mac is adopting a niche (just like Linux / BSD / Haiku is) and with that comes limited hardware and software support. Then the high price and the inconvenience of less choice better be outweighed by the "magical" Apple integration advantage.

...or why would there be so much discussion / debate on how Mac OSX should be available to be installed on non-Apple hardware.

I think to find out if OS X truly is that magical OS that brings you Unicorns and ponies all the while it's doing your computing tasks, without running the risk of being ripped off by Apple for a mediocre PC with a nice casing and delivering an OS that works Ok but isn't that panacea that is touted in all the hype.


As an aside. Personally, my rational side tells me that Apple kit is just a pretty x86 PC with a polished Unix. Something one can also pretty much get by just getting a good non-Apple x86 machine and installing a nice BSD or Linux on it. The problem is that my lofty idealist side really want's to believe there is a magic blue pill that makes computing not suck. It's my rational side that wants an easy hackintosh to have that red pill to shove down my idealistic throat.

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