Michael Bevilacqua on 23 Jul 2009 18:48:12 -0700

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Re: [PLUG] New Macbooks

On Thu, Jul 23, 2009 at 6:19 PM, JP Vossen <jp@jpsdomain.org> wrote:
> Date: Wed, 22 Jul 2009 16:17:10 -0400
> From: "Alan D. Salewski" <salewski@worldnet.att.net>
> On Wed, Jul 22, 2009 at 04:03:23PM -0400, JP Vossen spake thus:
>> 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
>> doesn't.
> Hear, hear! I guess some of us are just babyeaters[0].
> [0] http://linuxdevcenter.com/pub/a/linux/2006/06/01/switching-back.html

Yes!!!  That nailed it!

I agreed with the "distraction" element of the Desktops. I'm sure I sound like a raving lunatic every time I say this, but I can not stand tool tips (those little definitions that appear when you mouse over something). Do you really need a tool tip appearing every time you need to click something? A perfect example is the window management buttons at the top right of every window. I'm 34 years old. I know the X closes the window.

I remember years ago, purchasing a book on the Windows Registry hoping to find a way to globally disable those annoyances. I found some hacks that disabled some, but not all.

Linux was the first OS that gave me the ability to choose a WM that allows this customability. It just so happened to be called Enlightenment (go figure). And the more I used E the more I found the features could be geared toward the keyboard-only user. And that brings up another point. 

Why wouldn't you want your WM to evolve as you do? Doesn't everything else in your life evolve with you? Are you still riding a tricycle to work? 

OS X does have its strong points. And the latest versions have an Enlightment-like virtual desktop navigation feature called "spaces". You can easily bind virtual desktop navigation to home row VI keys activated by Shift-Alt. So, at least, OS X is evolving. Just rather slowly.

But like most of you, I'll never be able to work in OS X like I can in Linux. Having a WM that does what I require it to and grow with me as I use it for 8+ hours a day year after year is a priority.

Nice article K.S. 

Michael D. Bevilacqua
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