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: Another view
by zima on Sat 15th Sep 2012 11:56 UTC in reply to "Another view"
zima
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I've also run DOS, Windows (since 3.0), and OS/2. It's too bad what happened to OS/2 because that was a great system back then.

OS/2 didn't fit to its times and expectations of customers, with hardware requirements and their costs.*
Plus, deep down, OS/2 was about IBM desiring to wrestle back the control over the PC - so of course the numerous OEMs giving us inexpensive powerful PCs didn't go for it, Gang of Nine style, and we should be glad that they made OS/2 fail. Imagine what would have been if IBM got their way...

Windows was likely the most optimal choice ( http://www.osnews.com/thread?522221 ), still largely is.


*BTW costs - how you brushed aside the issue of "Apple tax", with another quite high-priced systems, misses that most people simply don't want to pay for and don't need such machines...
Moreover: the two remaining kinda-power-starved common usage scenarios, games and video ~editing, work better on PCs than on Macs - more optimised under Windows, hence working fine on typical low-cost PCs (Steam games generally get ~50% of FPS under OSX, on the same hardware - hence requiring more modest under Win for comparable performance; as for video editing, http://eugenia.queru.com/2009/04/11/stay-the-fuck-away-from-imovief... gives an idea, plus the generally moderate requirements of Vegas in particular - it runs fine basically on any typical contemporary laptop, is quite popular with mobile reporting and documentaries because of that)

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