Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 27th Nov 2005 22:00 UTC, submitted by phaceton
Mac OS X "In 2005, Apple announced the Mac Mini. It was the answer to what I was looking for in a computer, so I bought one. This is a report about the early months with my new Mac, and how it compares to a Linux computer (I have never owned a Windows computer). In short, I am now both a Mac and a Linux user - Apple gets GUI simplicity, usability, and coherency right, and Linux everything else."
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The man is a lunatic
by geopapl on Sun 27th Nov 2005 23:12 UTC
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Member since:
2005-11-27

"Poor file type identification"
"MacOS is filled to the gills with arcane keyboard shortcuts"
"FreeBSD is a little quaint. It doesn't even have a /proc filesystem"
"network services are sparse (no rsh)"
"Objective-C is a quasi-proprietary language"
"The Mach-like microkernel is a proprietary addition"
"Apple has this open-source fig leaf going but they are careful to never release anything that might be actually useful"

and the winner is...
"They should have used X11"

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RE: The man is a lunatic
by jziegler on Mon 28th Nov 2005 00:37 in reply to "The man is a lunatic"
jziegler Member since:
2005-07-14

I agree with you on the rest of the quotes, but with file type identification, he's right. Unless he's outright lying, I have not used OS X.

What I mean, guessing the content of a file by it's name is lame. See his example between *.mpg and *.mpeg. I think that using the output of the "file" utility is better, a perfect thing would be having an extended attribute holding the MIME type.

Using X11 would not be a good idea for Apple, but when they were building something new, they should have made it network transparent.

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RE[2]: The man is a lunatic
by bogomipz on Mon 28th Nov 2005 16:59 in reply to "RE: The man is a lunatic"
bogomipz Member since:
2005-07-11

AFAIK, OS X uses extended attributes for MIME types, and only resorts to file name extensions for figuring out what to cache there if the file command fails. I don't own a Mac and might be wrong, it could be that it has its priorities wrong and tries the extension before using the file tool, though. What I do know however, is that OS X knows what icon to display and how to open a file even if the file name has no extension.

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RE: The man is a lunatic
by on Mon 28th Nov 2005 00:38 in reply to "The man is a lunatic"
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the best part is that the author doesnt know you can use X11 as a display layer and OSX even comes with it these days.

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