Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 2nd Feb 2009 12:00 UTC
In the News Since it's nigh on impossible to produce accurate figures of operating system usage, we have to make do with figures that provide a rough estimate, at best. One such set of statistics are the figures from Net Applications, which tracks the 160 million monthly visitors to its hosted websites. The latest figures from January 2009 have been published, and they show that the rise of Mac OS X continues, as well as that of the iPhone and iPod Touch. Unsurprisingly, Windows 7 did quite well too.
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RE: The linux plateau
by areks on Mon 2nd Feb 2009 13:05 UTC in reply to "The linux plateau"
areks
Member since:
2008-11-10

I believe it is only marketing. Apple got it right, so people change even it is the most difficult to use OS.

Yes in my opinion it is difficult. Mac is very different from Win and Linux in Look&Feel starting with keyboard layout. Some trivial task like editing text ASCII files are available only from terminal and in general there is not a lot software included with OS by default compared to Win and specially Linux.

The fact what Linux is free is not true from user point of view (my Linux netbook was more expensive with Linux compared with WinXP), or not relevant (I never saw Linux source code even I'm programmer myself and I use it for years now).
So the close BSD distribution (yes MacOSX) is much more successful.

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RE[2]: The linux plateau
by telemachus81 on Mon 2nd Feb 2009 13:28 in reply to "RE: The linux plateau"
telemachus81 Member since:
2008-10-06

Some trivial task like editing text ASCII files are available only from terminal and in general there is not a lot software included with OS by default compared to Win and specially Linux.


Open TextEdit, select 'Make Plain Text' from the Format menu, or open an existing ASCII file itself and it will be in plain text mode. You can select the encoding when saving.

Is there really less software included with OS X than with Windows? Mac hardware comes bundled with whatever the latest version of iLife is at the time too (iPhoto, iMovie, Garage Band, iDVD, iWeb), but the OS by itself comes with a full IDE and associated development software, in addition to all the base applications you would want - eMail and contact manager, calendar, phone sync, browser, media player, media organiser, instant messenger, document reader that can handle PDFs, etc, as well as a bunch of the core Unix utilities.

Edited 2009-02-02 13:31 UTC

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RE[2]: The linux plateau
by darknexus on Mon 2nd Feb 2009 13:42 in reply to "RE: The linux plateau"
darknexus Member since:
2008-07-15

Mac is very different from Win and Linux in Look&Feel starting with keyboard layout.

To some extent, yes. Keys to access areas of the screen such as the menu bar are different, but the majority of keystrokes used by average users are the same. The only habbit they really need to change is to use the command key rather than the ctrl key for a good number of tasks. Yes some are different (the return key in Finder comes to mind), but you get that across every os.
Some trivial task like editing text ASCII files are available only from terminal

Um, in what reality are you living? I can open just about any file I want, either with the built-in Textedit application or with any number of third-party text editors (Smultron being my personal favorite). There's no need to drop to the terminal for this if you don't wish to.
and in general there is not a lot software included with OS by default compared to Win and specially Linux.

It has an Email client, address book, Calendar, media player, Web browser, Rich text editor, and IM application, not to mention all the other little utilities. That's not much different from Windows, which doesn't come with all that many apps in its default configuration either. Most OEMs pre-install a lot of other apps ontop of Windows, but that doesn't mean Windows is bundled with those apps. Even Microsoft is going this route, removing Windows Live applications from Windows 7 and having the end users install them if they want them. This actually leaves OS X with the better selection of bundled apps. I can't argue with Linux distros coming bundled with the most software, however, that's definitely true. Whether that's a good or a bad thing, however, depends on your personal tastes.

Edited 2009-02-02 13:44 UTC

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