Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 20th Dec 2016 16:03 UTC
Mac OS X

Mark Gurman, trustworthy and extremely reliable Apple reporters with uncannily good sources inside Apple, paints a grim picture of the future of the Mac.

Interviews with people familiar with Apple's inner workings reveal that the Mac is getting far less attention than it once did. They say the Mac team has lost clout with the famed industrial design group led by Jony Ive and the company's software team. They also describe a lack of clear direction from senior management, departures of key people working on Mac hardware and technical challenges that have delayed the roll-out of new computers.

And just in case you're one of the people who ridiculed or attacked me for stating OS X is effectively dead and iOS is Apple's future, this nugget might interest you - emphasis mine.

In another sign that the company has prioritized the iPhone, Apple re-organized its software engineering department so there's no longer a dedicated Mac operating system team. There is now just one team, and most of the engineers are iOS first, giving the people working on the iPhone and iPad more power.

It's been clear to anyone with an unbiased, open mind towards Apple's past few years that the Mac simply has no or low priority within Apple, and this only further solidifies it.

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You Guys Will Hate This
by aliver on Thu 22nd Dec 2016 18:58 UTC
aliver
Member since:
2011-03-19

Just my personal opinions as a Unix guru but....

* I felt MacOS (the actual MacOS, not OSX with a marketing name) had a better UI. The Dock + titlebar takes up too much real estate for not enough payoff.

* Apple is a megacorp. They are all criminals. Screw them. Practical experience has given me zero trust for mega corporations. M$, Apple, Samsung, etc...

* BeOS was (way) better, I agree.

* Who cares about OSX anyway. The first time I saw it I realized they'd bastardized it so much nobody would give a sh** and they didn't: look at Darwin. It's tainted just _by association_ with OSX.

* OSX as a Unix variant on servers is a nearly complete failure. They have decent volume management (and pissed away their ZFS efforts). Their file systems are a JOKE (HFS+ puh-leeese!). Their network stack is weak as hell feature-wise. Their libc still has ancient issues fixed years ago elsewhere. I mean I'm literally laughing (BUWAHAHAHAAHA) at their state-of-the-art on the system side. It's nothing short of totally pathetic. You guys talking GUIs sound to me like folks shuffling deck chairs on the titanic. I'm sure I sound the same to you.

* OSX designs it's CLI tools along the lines of Solaris 10 & 11. Ie.. they suck balls. Contextual menus, captive interfaces, etc.. I could give dozens of examples because unlike most of the GUI weenies here I stay on the command line. I rarely even load X windows. Framebuffer console on BSD or Linux gets me there.

Now for the one that will piss EVERYONE off, I'm sure:

* This whole thing kinda reminds me of Linux & SystemD. Apple got so sprung on iOS cashflow they think they are merely reallocating resources judiciously. Linux's decision making process got captured by Android & the GNOME project's influence - just look at their direction nowadays. Linux zealouts and Pottering hates to be cornered on this (that Linux could now be renamed PhoneOS), he crawfishes about how "server guys wanted systemd" and other horse manure. Oh boy, my DL380 G9 which takes 5 minutes just to finish post will boot 10 seconds quicker! Let's run out and ruin our infrastructure with systemd, now! I wonder if Pottering has even _seen_ a data center, he sounds so clueless. See a big uptake on RHEL7 ? See a bunch of Apple Xserves dominating the floor? No? That's because real veteran IT folks (ie.. not Apple fanboys) know better.

* Fsck Wayland, too. That was a very Apple-like move, too. No XDMCP? Lame lame lame. "Aww, but we don't wanna maintain that anymore. Don't you know only phones and Windows desktops matter anymore?" Pathetic. Glad that garbage is a Fedora project. That project seems to attract the biggest loudmouth ignorant children. Good. They can centralize there.

* If all you want to do is consume, buy iOS products. They are for modern TV babies. If you want to create, sure, go ahead and spend a huge chunk of change on your hardware, pay huge bucks to Adobe for CS (every month), and subscribe to all your software in some invasive PoS "App Store" where you'll hardly ever be bothered with pesky "open source" software. You can drain your wallet at lightspeed.

* I know several artists who are so disgusted with the current digital world completely ripping them off that they are now selling ONLY physical items like oil painting, low relief carvings, and sculptures. Why? They can't make enough money on digital art because everyone online just pirates the art and cops a "What?! You want me to pay for this?" attitude. The only exception I've seen are dedicated artist on gaming projects. Then you just get paid peanuts and have to work your balls off, but you might be able to afford a tent or "artist space" (to be burned down later) so you can survive. Apple didn't help them, it's part of a system that basically enslaved them.

* In the case of both small-scale artists and musicians, the 1990's and 1980's were far more lucrative for them. Why? People actually paid for their music and their artwork. Did you see vinyl outselling digital recently? Why? Because folks nowdays are raised to think that art & music should be as free simply because they are easy to duplicate and distribute digitally. Apple's iTunes and GarageBand may be "revolutionary" as tools, but they've also done a lot to TANK both art and music as decent paying career paths. Now some liar is going to tell me they are living large as a digital artist. I'm sure there are a handful somewhere, but talk to your *average* artist or musician, and MANY will disagree. I play 4 instruments, go to shows, train with other musicians 3 times a week, etc... I'm not just talking out of my rear end, this is from experience.
* I'm also a photographer and I've used all the "latest" tools (meaning Lightroom, Adobe CS, ACDsee Pro, etc...). They are helpful, but only in a "last mile" kind of way. If you can't take decent pictures, you'll probably end up with crap results no matter what. Put down your silly computer and get to work with your camera and you won't need to do much retouching. If you do want to make pantographs or tweak your color gamut, you can use GIMP and Hugin for free!

Flame away. I'm sure you guys will hate on everything I've said. I'll read all the responses to my middle finger and let you know what he says. :-P

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RE: You Guys Will Hate This
by Alfman on Thu 22nd Dec 2016 19:58 in reply to "You Guys Will Hate This"
Alfman Member since:
2011-01-28

aliver,

Flame away. I'm sure you guys will hate on everything I've said. I'll read all the responses to my middle finger and let you know what he says. :-P


Your post was a bit on the ranty side, but I think more people agree with your complaints than you realize.

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RE[2]: You Guys Will Hate This
by aliver on Thu 22nd Dec 2016 22:33 in reply to "RE: You Guys Will Hate This"
aliver Member since:
2011-03-19

I fully admit it was 100% a rant.

The basic feeling without getting technical is just "you can't trust the man" and the adjunct "Apple is now the man." That and a little "quality never goes out of style" and a "get the hell off my lawn" sprinkled in.

:-)

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