Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 26th May 2008 17:54 UTC
GNU, GPL, Open Source Ivan Krstic' critique of the One Laptop Per Child Project has made its ripples around the pond of the intertubes. Apart from the obvious part where it criticises a major project from an insider's point of view, it also had a few other remarks that caught people's attention - most notably the admission that despite his ability to do Linux kernel hacking, his main development laptop is a Macintosh running Mac OS X.
Thread beginning with comment 315715
To view parent comment, click here.
To read all comments associated with this story, please click here.
-oblio-
Member since:
2008-05-27

You're Canadian, so you're forgiven. Canada + US != entire world, especially for Macs. Apple is an American company and it shows. If I were to buy a Mac on a smaller market, like here in Eastern Europe (no, we don't live in trees and we have electricity and broadband, thank you ;) ), I would pay A LOT.
And you're only comparing Apple to Dell/HP/brand name PC. Most techies can make their own PC or buy one custom made from a PC shop, so the value for money is greatly increased (for example most of the Macs are underpowered regarding video cards).

About laptops, I don't know, brand name PCs are probably better, because you want reliability. All desktop PCs are pretty reliable so you can go with a DIY. But I'd only buy an Apple desktop if I had lots of money (I mean LOTS) and little spare time. So do many Westerners, and that's why you buy Macs.

Reply Parent Score: 3

sanctus Member since:
2005-08-31

About laptops, I don't know, brand name PCs are probably better, because you want reliability. All desktop PCs are pretty reliable so you can go with a DIY. But I'd only buy an Apple desktop if I had lots of money (I mean LOTS) and little spare time. So do many Westerners, and that's why you buy Macs.


For my living I do consulting in Linux administration and windows/linux interoperability. It's fun and qualified people are rare. I could say a make a good living.

A DIY, its maybe less expensive, but when you take the time it requires (find good piece that work well togeter is not that easy), the price tag is not so much of a deal.

Plus OS X is a productivity helper for me, how much does it cost? I enjoy working with OS X, that make a real difference when you are 10 hours a day in front of a computer. I simply don't want to step back. The DIY is generally far bigger, need more wire, make far much noise.

Where it doesn't worth the price, is for gaming machine, but my PS3/Wii a there for that.

And note that I speak for myself against a highly generalize/stereotype comment. I'm pretty cool with the fact that a PC is a better option for you.

Reply Parent Score: 2