Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 27th Sep 2012 19:36 UTC
Apple I bought a brand new iMac on Tuesday. I'm pretty sure this will come as a surprise to some, so I figured I might as well offer some background information about this choice - maybe it'll help other people who are also pondering what to buy as their next computer.
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Use stock parts and FOSS
by benali72 on Sat 29th Sep 2012 16:22 UTC
benali72
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2008-05-03

I rely on my computers for my business too.

But I prefer to be in charge of my own destiny, rather than relying on some vendor's repair centers and "help" service.

I use stock PCs with stock parts, so I can replace any broken component immediately myself. I can swap parts between machines at will. Apple offers high-quality hardware but I can't imagine relying on them for this.

I also use stock software (Linux etc). It's not only free, it gives me the greatest degree of control over my machine. I also benefit from the fact that there is no hidden vendor agenda compromising my machines.

So my advice would be -- don't rely on Apple or any vendor. If you depend on your computers for your livelihood, take control! Use stock PCs, stock parts, and FOSS software.

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RE: Use stock parts and FOSS
by Lennie on Sat 29th Sep 2012 17:08 in reply to "Use stock parts and FOSS"
Lennie Member since:
2007-09-22

You can probably buy two cheaper PCs for the price of one Mac anyway ;-)

Redundancy is the best if you don't want to have to rely on the vendor.

Just use the other computer when one breaks, that would only you a few minutes to switch.

Edited 2012-09-29 17:10 UTC

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RE: Use stock parts and FOSS
by zima on Thu 4th Oct 2012 13:18 in reply to "Use stock parts and FOSS"
zima Member since:
2005-07-06

I prefer to be in charge of my own destiny [...] I also use stock software (Linux etc). It's not only free, it gives me the greatest degree of control over my machine. I also benefit from the fact that there is no hidden vendor agenda compromising my machines.

You know, most of Linux development is financed by big iron vendors, directed at servers and such ...and there were instances of some Linux kernel devs expressing their displeasure of that situation, & how it negatively impacts ~desktop utility.

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