Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 9th Sep 2012 22:58 UTC
Mac OS X "A little more than an year ago I wrote my rant post The Linux Desktop Experience is Killing Linux on the Desktop and for the first time in 8 years I wasn't a desktop Linux user anymore. I spent about a month wrestling with Windows 7, but let's face it - Windows is ill suited for professional Ruby programmers like me (and it's ill suited for most programmers, except maybe Java & .Net I guess). Anyways, it was never my intention to stick with Windows - I was just doing my Mac due diligence. Now with 1+ year of OSX usage I'd like to share a few things about my experience thus far with you."
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RE[2]: Windows is ill suited...
by Dr.Mabuse on Tue 11th Sep 2012 23:45 UTC in reply to "RE: Windows is ill suited..."
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Tracking down and installing the required dependencies in Arch Linux was as simple as typing:

pacman -S git openal glew boost-libs freetype2 devil libvorbis sdl libxcursor curl shared-mime-info desktop-file-utils boost cmake zip xz p7zip python2 java-environment

git clone

This is fair enough. It didn't really click with me that we were talking about open-source/free libraries when I read "ill-suited to most programmers."

I use Debian for many server-side projects and bringing in dependancies is equally as simple with apt-get.

In Windows however, I had to search for, download, install and configure the dependencies one-by-one. What took 5 minutes in Linux took all day in Windows.

I like to use MinGW myself, and I agree, it is a lot of work.

Also, Windows lacks a decent terminal emulator and text editor. It's fine if you like IDEs, but doesn't really support a vim+zsh style workflow.


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