Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 9th Sep 2012 22:58 UTC
Mac OS X "A little more than an year ago I wrote my rant post The Linux Desktop Experience is Killing Linux on the Desktop and for the first time in 8 years I wasn't a desktop Linux user anymore. I spent about a month wrestling with Windows 7, but let's face it - Windows is ill suited for professional Ruby programmers like me (and it's ill suited for most programmers, except maybe Java & .Net I guess). Anyways, it was never my intention to stick with Windows - I was just doing my Mac due diligence. Now with 1+ year of OSX usage I'd like to share a few things about my experience thus far with you."
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by sb56637 on Mon 10th Sep 2012 13:13 UTC
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Interesting post. I liked his conclusion; he basically says "Don't be a zealot, use whatever OS works best for you, and OSX works best for me". Reasonable enough. The post is mainly based on opinions and personal experience, which is fine, given his conclusion.

He mentions good stability on OSX, good stability on Linux desktops, and terrible stability on Linux laptops. Personally, I've never used OSX; I use Linux full time on my computers. My experience several years ago with Linux on a desktop was absolutely horrible stability, with frequent X server crashes that made me lose my work. Likewise, about two years ago I had major stability issues with Xorg on two Linux laptops in the then-latest batch of common Linux distros. Recently, on those same laptops, I've had excellent overall Xorg stability during the past year. So your mileage on Linux desktop stability will definitely vary depending on your hardware and the distro you choose. Stability is definitely no longer a reason to switch from Windows to Linux, because for years now Windows has been rock solid in terms of system stability.

The original poster mentions that he hates the lack of a package manager in OSX. In my personal case, I'm the exact opposite. I hate package managers in Linux. I hate dependencies. I hate having to add a new repository and refresh the repository just to install a new version of a given program. I hate not being able to easily transfer programs I have download on one Linux machine to another Linux machine to avoid re-downloading everything. I hate not being able to share programs and backup my download programs on a USB stick. I would love to manage software with nice, tidy, packages that contain the whole program with all of its dependencies and libraries compressed into one single file. Just like OSX. ;) Yes, I know it's great to be able to update all your programs with one click. But I still hate package managers. ;)

That being said, I personally value my freedom to do what I want with my computer, and I hate Apple's corporate culture and the way they treat their clients. So, Linux for me, with all of its imperfections.

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