Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 17th Apr 2006 12:02 UTC, submitted by SilentBob4
Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu MadPenguin takes a look at Flight 5 of Ubuntu Dapper, and concludes: "All in all, Ubuntu 6.06 is gearing up to be quite an impressive release. Granted, I saw some bugs during my stay on the distribution, but can I really complain? It's not a full release, so it deserves some breathing room. Considering some of the horribly authored software I've looked at over the years, I feel that Ubuntu in pre-release form is more stable than other distros when they reach final release status. It's not quite in the league of Slackware and Red Hat/Fedora in that respect yet, but it's surely getting there in a hurry."
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Re: Switched to OS X Tiger
by raven_ on Mon 17th Apr 2006 17:50 UTC
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Reading through this thread here, I find the Ubuntu vs OS X discussion interesting. Saying that you cannot compare the two because one is open source and one is not is daft. If you cannot compete feature for feature and have to rest on ideology, you can't compete.

I am also one of those who "switched." Although, I switched from BSD to OS X, not from Linux. This is less of an ideological switch since the whole setup of BSD is to allow something like OS X. In regards to the comments above:

"spotlight -- have you ever tried out Beagle with its boolean operators, or do you still struggle using those through the Mac OS X, since they're not yet implemented in the GUI?"

At this point beagle is indeed almost as good as splotlight, however, its not completely integrated like spotlight and not quite up to the speed of spotlight. I am completely addicted to this type of search and while beagle provides it...its just not "mature" or fast enough at this point in my experience. As for boolean operators....please. They would be nice, but are hardly a killer feature. If you know what boolean operators are, you can use the terminal app.

"automator (very cool ) -- Yes, arguably a very cool and useful feature" Less cool than you think actually, I prefer applescript. Now if _IT_ can get more mature and capable, then it would be cool.

"dashboard -- Do you really need this, and if yes, for what??????" Nope, its disabled on mine. Totally useless memory waster.

"usability -- (See comment on Spotlight) The Gnome GUI is very clean cut and features many fine features, usability wise, eventhough I'd rather it'd be more like OS X than Windows in some sences... But the elegance is sure there, I think, and it's nice and easy on your eyes (Clearlooks theme). The step towards OS X is getting smaller and smaller for each release."

Here is a main reason I switched. On the surface OS X and Gnome are similar in usability. They are not. OS X is miles ahead. I can't use GNOME for more than a couple of weeks without itching to change something. I can use OS X for months before I get the "itch" to change a theme or something. Most things are consistent, most things are "pretty" and most things "just work." GNOME is getting much closer, but its not there yet. At least in my opinion. That of course is the problem isn't it, this particular subject is all opinion.

"speed -- Have you tried Linux on comparable hardware? Try trimming down the Linux kernel by removing unwanted features and watch it perform with grace... On OS X you're stuck with what you get... " Yes I have. I have run several linux distros on my apple and OS X destroys each of them in speed. I don't mean benchmark speed, I couldn't care less about that. I mean "snappyness." The speed with which things open, close and interact with the user.

Just my opinions...continue to compare linux to OS X. "Its a good thing" (tm)

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