Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 29th Apr 2013 21:14 UTC
Mac OS X "OS X 10.9, which is internally codenamed 'Cabernet', will focus on various 'power-user' enhancements and take core features from iOS, according to our sources. Unlike operating system updates such as OS X Leopard and OS X Lion, OS X 10.9 will likely not be an overhauled approach to how the operating system feels and functions." Features for power users and features from iOS? Seems like an oxymoron. Still, if they manage to finally fix the Finder and Spaces, I'll be happy.
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RE[3]: Comment by marcp
by galvanash on Tue 30th Apr 2013 17:06 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by marcp"
galvanash
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However, I didn't really talk about third-party tools that people use. These may make them power users, most certainly. But the base OS? is it really that hard to understand ins and outs of iOS/OSX?


Actually yes... Im not talking about 3rd party tools... Im talking about just the base OS and Finder. OSX is just as complex as Linux or any other OS, if not more so. Once you drop to a terminal its Unix - almost everything you expect to find is there, and a lot of the lower level configuration is done through the command line - just like Linux. Finder is extremely configurable, but a lot of the knobs and dials are buried in options that must be configured from the terminal - again, just like Linux.

The UI does go to great lengths to hide a lot of that complexity and make it simple, and I appreciate that - but it doesn't eliminate it. It just hides it because you seldom need it. Im a developer and frankly I don't feel like I am being robbed of much flexibility or power by Finder - it is actually pretty damn functional. It strikes a pretty good balance, it just needs some tweaks here and there.

Just saying I don't see why the "for the sake of the clueless user" argument applies to OSX any more than it would to any other OS. There is nothing magical or overly simplistic about it (regardless of what Jobs lead people to believe) - it is a Unix with a very nicely thought out GUI.

A lot of work went into making it simple without making it dumb. It shows.

You know, it's funny how people like to bash everyone who happens to have some other opinion [even if the intentions were actually good].


I really wasn't trying to bash you - I was just replying to what you posted...

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