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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RE[2]: Windows is ill suited...
by moondevil on Tue 11th Sep 2012 08:52 UTC in reply to "RE: Windows is ill suited..."
moondevil
Member since:
2005-07-08

Windows is no different than other commercial operating systems.

Linux is one of the few cases where package management real works nicely, assuming all you need for your work is available as package.

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Neolander Member since:
2010-03-08

OSX also has developer-friendly package managers (fink, homebrew...), though they are not officially supported. And if you want to nitpick, pretty much any BSD has them too.

Thus, I tend to agree with the OP that Windows is indeed weak on this front as compared to competition.

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moondevil Member since:
2005-07-08

OSX also has developer-friendly package managers (fink, homebrew...), though they are not officially supported. And if you want to nitpick, pretty much any BSD has them too.


Try to find there user software related packages, instead of the typical vi, gcc, gimp and friends.

Thus, I tend to agree with the OP that Windows is indeed weak on this front as compared to competition.


There many more operating systems out there than Linux, OSX and Windows. Sadly Windows happens to be much better than many of them.

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Soulbender Member since:
2005-08-18

Windows is no different than other commercial operating systems.


Except Windows sucks balls with POSIX semantics while most other operating systems, commercial or not, doesn't. This makes a big difference for most things that aren't .Net or Java. Sure, you can do it but it's not much fun. I've done Python on Windows and I'd rather not.
Don't even get me started on the fun that is fskcing around with cygwin or even trying to build stuff from source. Breeze on Linux/BSD, not so much on Windows.


Linux is one of the few cases where package management real works nicely


It works really well on BSD's too.

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f0dder Member since:
2009-08-05

Don't even get me started on the fun that is fskcing around with cygwin or even trying to build stuff from source. Breeze on Linux/BSD, not so much on Windows.
Would be easier if people actually wrote portable software ;-)

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moondevil Member since:
2005-07-08

"Windows is no different than other commercial operating systems.


Except Windows sucks balls with POSIX semantics while most other operating systems, commercial or not, doesn't.
This makes a big difference for most things that aren't .Net or Java. Sure, you can do it but it's not much fun. I've done Python on Windows and I'd rather not.
Don't even get me started on the fun that is fskcing around with cygwin or even trying to build stuff from source. Breeze on Linux/BSD, not so much on Windows.
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There are commercial operating systems that are even less compliant with POSIX than Windows is.

It would help if people would write portable code to start with, instead of trying to run POSIX everywhere.

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ilovebeer Member since:
2011-08-08

Linux is one of the few cases where package management real works nicely, assuming all you need for your work is available as package.

And assuming all of the dependencies aren't broken of suffering compatibility issues.

And assuming you don't mind all the dependency bloat that is typical of most linux distros.

Generally speaking it works good though, yeah. I agree there.

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