Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 4th Aug 2005 20:49 UTC
Original OSNews Interviews The news that Apple is going to switch to Intel processors shook up the computing world. Many users and developers were eager to publish their opinions on the switch. However, one group of people were totally neglected during all this: resellers. Today, we feature an interview with Wim Schermer, first Dutchman to own a Mac (in 1984), and co-founder of one of the biggest Apple retail stores in The Netherlands, MacSupport. We discuss the switch to Intel, and much more.
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RE: Mac & Linux
by on Thu 4th Aug 2005 23:51 UTC in reply to "Mac & Linux"

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I think he's just not very informed. Its also against his interest to say "Oh yes, Linux is very good, and it runs on commodity hardware!". So of course he's going to play it down.

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RE[2]: Mac & Linux
by on Fri 5th Aug 2005 00:17 in reply to "RE: Mac & Linux"
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I didn't see his comments as "playing Linux down". He's right in the sense that "why dual boot if you already have a UNIX system".

In the same machine, OS X "feels" faster than Linux.

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RE[3]: Mac & Linux
by Anonymous Penguin on Fri 5th Aug 2005 00:45 in reply to "RE[2]: Mac & Linux"
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"He's right in the sense that "why dual boot if you already have a UNIX system"."

Simply because not all "Unix" are the same. Example: install Debian and you have immediately up to 20.000 packages available for free.
So: Mac OS? Yes, of course, else why buy a Mac. Linux? Why not?

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RE[3]: Mac & Linux
by on Fri 5th Aug 2005 02:49 in reply to "RE[2]: Mac & Linux"
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Mac OS X doesn't always feel faster under Linux. On my machine, it typically feels much slower. But that was because I typically ran a leaner Linux installation which better suited my needs anyway.

The second point is that the typical Unix distribution will offer a greater number and more current packages than Mac OS X. Sure, stuff will compile and run under Mac OS X but I don't want to waste time doing that.

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RE[3]: Mac & Linux
by on Fri 5th Aug 2005 16:49 in reply to "RE[2]: Mac & Linux"
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"But, there aren't many good applications for the Linux desktop. You can't really do anything with it as an individual or small company."

It sure sounds like he's playing down desktop linux here, or just willfully ignorant.

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RE[2]: Mac & Linux
by melgross on Fri 12th Aug 2005 15:57 in reply to "RE: Mac & Linux"
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No, I don't agree. He's right. I never found Linux to be useful. It's fine to play around with. If you want to use the stuff available to have fun with as a hobby, it's fine. But it's just too much hassle for those of us who want to use our systems rather than play with them.

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