Linked by David Adams on Thu 28th Apr 2005 07:05 UTC
Mac OS X OSNews reviews Apple's latest OS upgrade. Is it an overpriced, glorified point release or a truly worthy upgrade with major new functionality? Is it a Longhorn killer or just more of the same? We'll take a look, and try to see what's on the surface as well as what's under the hood.
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RE: Longhorn killer?
by prismX on Fri 29th Apr 2005 16:06 UTC

People stop being paranoic. Neither MacOSX nor Linux can be WinOS killer, not because I pro-MS, I do not care about MS or Apple or anybody else, all of them want to suck money from people pocket, like all commercial institution (and I am not against it, people have to earn and live somehow and this is the way).
I do not care how WinOS looks, there are enough 3rd party application that can completely change your UI. In my oppinion MacOS X GUI looks crap, but it is my!!! oppinion. WinXP GUI also looks crap, but it is much more usable. I need much less mouse clicks to reach and activate anything in WinOS than in MacOS X. Finder is complete crap. For insance: Opem and Save dialog boxes are disasterous in MacOS X. On the other hand, shame on MS, Open and Save dialog boxes with with shortcut panel on the left side is not tweekable, whereas in it was implemented in Linux much better. There are a lot of examples like this, but I think it is enough.
People, OS interface should not be art design achievement, it can be rendered by 3rd party applications. UI designed by OS building company should be usable and manageble, and here MS succeded. Though MS should look at several features SUSE Linux that makes GUI very usable. It is really bad that MS programmers waiste a lot of time on GUI eye-candy stupid design (but in our commercial world goods can by sold by their appearance, ... sigh...)
About new features: for example, now you are so excited with Spotlight, you can use MS or Google desktop searches, both of them are excelenet despite they are in beta test.
I think the difference between MS and Apple is that MS is company that build their OS for software designer in order to promote the OS as an highely exploitable environment for multifunctional tasks. MS VS.NET is a wonderful design tool, simplifying application design and increasing producibility. Apple is oriented to Apple-ego-centric policy. The OS is hardly tweekable, software designing is not in favour condition and so on.
OS is backbone for software, it is engine for software functioning. And OS should well controlable (that MacOS X lacks) but not only for very small group of gurus, like in Linux, but also for intelegent people that can understand how to work with OS without spending most of their time to study how to build script files.
So people do not be paranoic about all stuff MS supplies. You hate everything with MS logo. OK, just imagine only one day that all Windows computers disappeared with all managed by Windows devices......... I think it would take a lot of years of Apple or other companies to build so multifunctional OS.