Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 10th Apr 2010 08:57 UTC
Talk, Rumors, X Versus Y "Apple's current - and in our opinion, objectionable - position is now close to the complete opposite of its initial stance. From promoting openness and standards, the company is now pushing for an ever more locked-down and restricted platform. It's bad for competition, it's bad for developers, and it's bad for consumers. I hope that there will be enough of a backlash that the company is forced to reconsider, but with the draw of all those millions of iPhone (and now, iPad) customers, I fear that Apple's developers will, perhaps with some reluctance, just accept the restriction and do whatever Cupertino demands."
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RE[2]: Apple & Cross-platform
by Neolander on Mon 12th Apr 2010 19:19 UTC in reply to "RE: Apple & Cross-platform"
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They aren't.

They are the first thing a seasoned Linux user installs or a developer.

Try again.

Guess my girlfriend is a geek, even though she really, *really* doesn't think and feel that way.
She wanted a free office suite. Answer -> OpenOffice, "like on windows".
She wanted to play her WMV videos and... wait... WMV has been excommunicated from quicktime ? Go VLC ! (Later, she called me because she had some issue with online vids, and I made her install a QuickTime WMV plugin, but VLC was her spontaneous choice).
About Firefox, I asked her to try to use mac tech as much as possible, in order to limit the amount of bug sources on her computer (freeware quality is poor on the Mac, in my experience), so she stayed with safari, yeah. But recently, she wanted to download a vid on youtube, and Firefox and DownloadHelper came around...

And I could tell about trying to use Audacity for recording audio on youtube, or using GIMP because she wanted a free image editor...

Is she a geek ? No. I'm the geek who told her about Macs and am servicing her computer when it's hanged or can't do something ;) She just tried to get the same level of functionality as on windows. And VLC and OpenOffice came in right away.

Edited 2010-04-12 19:23 UTC

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