Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 20th Oct 2010 19:02 UTC
Apple So, Apple held its usual autumn press get-together just now, and after a few rather uninspiring ones (to me, at least), they finally managed to blow me away, with the new MacBook Air (especially the 11.6" variant). They also gave a sneak peek at Mac OS X 10.7 Lion, which has... An App Store. An App Store Apple is going to open on Snow Leopard within 90 days.
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RE[5]: Comment by Kroc
by Morgan on Thu 21st Oct 2010 03:07 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: Comment by Kroc"
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You have said a series of logical, complete statements that fit together in a linear manner, connecting a number of thoughts together to form a complete picture of what you intended to say.

Ok, it's late (for me, I have to be up for work in a few hours) so maybe I'm being dull, but is this sarcasm? And if not...ummm...thank you?

As to the rest of your anti-Apple-zealot rant, I'm going to assume you weren't referring to me, as I don't think I came off as a zealot in any genre. If anything I saw my post as very pro-HP Mini, but what do I know, I just wrote the damn thing.

As to your hatred of OS X, well to each his own of course, but I'm going to partially side with your seemingly well-meaning "kid" on the matter of how OS X is easy to learn and use, and add that it's a very powerful UNIX OS as well.

Some background: I have been using Linux since 1999, OS X since 2005, Mac OS classic since middle school (late 80s) and DOS/Windows weaved throughout that time frame. There's some BSD, BeOS (yay!), QNX, SyllableOS, Amiga, and CP/M in there too. I have yet to find an OS I hate, though I've found some to be fairly useless.

Given all that, I find OS X to be the quickest path to a *nix box that just freaking works, and a lot of the non-*nix stuff like AppleScript and the Services menu that provide amazing text and file manipulation abilities, combine to make one hell of a powerful OS.

I know it's not for everyone; personally I wish Apple would come up with a better Finder (don't we all, though?), and a lot of what it can do can be achieved in Linux or BSD with various levels of difficulty and learning curves, but the fact remains it's a powerhouse of an operating system that somehow manages to remain simple and accessible to the non-technical general public.

So why haven't I Hackintoshed my Mini yet? Well basically, I don't need OS X on the go. Between Windows and Ubuntu, the netbook does everything I need it to. I've even considered nuking the Windows install altogether and triple booting Ubuntu, Slackware and Haiku. Ubuntu for day-to-day functionality as it more or less fully supports the hardware (trackpad silliness notwithstanding); Slackware for straight up geeky fun i.e. the challenge of getting the hardware to work better than it does in Ubuntu; and Haiku for nostalgia and to try to work out hardware bugs so the Haiku team can add another netbook to the "supported" list.

So, take a step back, breathe, and try to realize that hatred of an OS is just plain illogical. Despise the more annoying zealots, sure; we all are guilty of that and it's warranted. But to hate an OS because you don't understand it only shows a lack of logical thinking or at the worst, a childlike mentality. Please, by all means continue using and enjoying your minimal Linux install, and try to understand that we all want to use what works best for us, just like you do.

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