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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[6]: Windows is ill suited...
by moondevil on Wed 12th Sep 2012 06:27 UTC in reply to "RE[5]: Windows is ill suited..."
moondevil
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POSIX is portable to pretty much every mainstream OS except Windows. Heck, the purpose of POSIX (Portable Operating System Interface) is to be portable and it's not exactly difficult to implement. MS just don't care enough to do it even remotely well.


Except when the OS decides to interpret what POSIX says in another way. Ever managed to make a serious POSIX application work across Mac OS X, DG-UX, HP-UX, Aix, Solaris, BSD and GNU/Linux without a single #ifdef?

If you add the POSIX compatibility layer via the "Add/Remove features" panel Windows ends up also having quite some compatibility.

As for doing it well, it does not bring them money, so why should they care?

If Apple had decided otherwise and taken BeOS as their new Mac OS X, you would also be bashing Mac OS X POSIX compatibility.

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