Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 23rd Apr 2013 22:35 UTC
Apple "Apple just posted its hotly-anticipated Q2 2013 earnings, and the company posted a profit of $9.5b on revenues of $43.6b, compared to $11.6b in profit on $39.2b in revenue this quarter last year and $13.1b in profit on $54.5b in revenue last quarter. That's right in line with the company's guidance from last quarter. Most importantly, iPhone sales are fairly flat year-over-year. Apple sold 37.04 million in Q2 2013 versus last year's 35.1 million, a modest growth of seven percent. iPad sales for the quarter were 19.5 million, up a massive 65 percent from last year's 11.8 million, but the average selling price (ASP) dropped fairly steeply year-over-year, likely due to the introduction of the cheaper iPad mini."
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RE[8]: It's a funny old world
by Neolander on Thu 25th Apr 2013 20:06 UTC in reply to "RE[7]: It's a funny old world"
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My issue with this line of thinking is that Apple have shown that they don't need to assert as much control as they do today to provide a good user experience. Your iMac was pretty much as usable running Snow Leopard as it is running Mountain Lion, save for a small amount of interesting novelties like integrated notifications (instead of leaving those to the third-party Growl software, which was the de facto standard for these on previous releases of OSX).

Consequently, it is my impression that the ethical situation in the Apple world is worsening way faster than the usability situation is improving, counter to the view that walled gardens bring a major improvement on the usability front just by the virtue of existing.

Meanwhile, in the Linux world, things are slowly improving on the usability front. Or at least they are if you take care to pick reasonably conservative distros, like current releases of Linux Mint, which won't break your software and workflow every six months just for the fun of it.

Take the example of hardware support, which you mentioned previously: 5 years ago, sound and wireless support on Linux was highly unstable, whereas nowadays only exotic hardware won't work out of the box in this area. And while modern GPUs used to be totally unusable without using unreliable proprietary drivers, nowadays open source drivers have improved enough to provide an acceptable level of functionality on almost all hardware.

There are still things which are bad in the Linux world, such as system upgrades as you mention, but it is my understanding that overall, things are moving in the right direction. Again, that is when you don't fall easily for the cool-aid of developers that break working stuff for sake of hacking away something new, and stick with stable and well-tested system components.

Edited 2013-04-25 20:24 UTC

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