JP Vossen on 22 Jul 2009 13:03:29 -0700

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Re: [PLUG] New Macbooks

> Date: Fri, 3 Jul 2009 15:50:43 -0400
> From: "Brian Vagnoni" <>
> Subject: [PLUG] New Macbooks
> So what are folks feelings on the new Macbook and the non-removable battery?
> Congratulations to Apple for helping protect the environment. I want to give Steve Jobs a piece of my liver.
> Or
> Apple is so evil for trying to get another buck out of its users.
> I personally feel that laptops typically outlast their batteries, so therefore it feels like another money grab by Apple. Regardless my next laptop will most likely be a Macbook. The multi-os option is just too tempting.


I wasn't sure I was going to send this, so it's gotten a little old... 
I'm also surprised Bhaskar didn't beat me to this. :-)

On the topic of Linux and F/OSS:

I am always surprised to see the number of "F/OSS" folks who use Apple 
stuff.  Sure the hardware is gorgeous, but it's priced to match.  I 
could live with that, if Apple wasn't so opposed to openness [1].  M$ 
could learn a thing or two from Apple when it comes to vendor lock-in, 
Apple is just so good at it you don't even notice, with the possible 
exceptions of the extreme lengths they are going to with e.g., the 
iPhone [2].  [3]

And personally, I just don't "get" the Mac interface.  For me, it's not 
easier and it doesn't Just Work.  Ubuntu makes sense to me.  Mac just 

And I'm really spoiled by the Debian/Ubuntu package repos.  Not only 
does a Mac take you back to the bad old days of having to go 
individually find, download, install and maintain apps, a lot of time 
you have to *pay* for them!!!  This is progress???  Not to me.

Just my $0.02, personally,

Vast irony:


[3] I'm not saying That Apple isn't doing what's best for it and its 
stockholders.  I'm just pointing out that we regularly blast M$ for 
this, while Apple gets a free pass.
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