Andrew Libby on 27 Jan 2011 07:49:19 -0800

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Re: [PLUG] why apple

Hi Ron,

So I'm a long time Linux user.  Started using Linux in 1995.
 Within a few months became a dedicated Linux user.
In 2007 I bought a macbook.

* Things on macs more or less just work.  I love Linux, but
  when I switched it was a steady battle to get Linux to do
  what I want.  On the contrary, Linux can be made to do
  just what you want.  As it turns out, most of the time
  Apple can't.

* Given the above, "The Mac Way" seems to be a pretty good
  default that is intuitive and works well for most people.

* In 2007 when I switched video was annoying on Linux.
  A the time of my switch this was the think I fought
  with the most.  I hear it's better now.   But the Mac
  just works.

* Suspend sucked on my previous Linux laptop.  Suspend rocks
  on my mac.  I've heard this too is pretty solid these days
  on Linux.

* I was getting into rails in 2007.  Most of the folks I was
  working on rails projects with had the OSX textmate
  combination.  So I thought I'd try it.

* I can get almost all of the stuff I was used to on Linux
  on the Mac.

* Almost all the software I used on linux is available.
  Which is pretty cool.

A few things I don't like about macs:

* The apple store.  Yuck.  The only place I'd like to go
  less than the apple store is...  Hmm, I can't think of

* iTunes.

* iPhoto


* Safari

* Come to think of it, I don't really like their software.
  It's the system that's nice.

* The fatigue of resisting the apple approach to locking
  you in. Buy mobile me, buy this app, buy that app.
  C'mon mr cool mac user, come spend money on itunes,
  or the app store, etc.  Grrrr.  I'm more than a means
  to fattening someones pocket....

So my experience is not very applicable to most users.
I work on a computer all day every day.  So I may have
needs and desires that don't really match the needs of
the average user.

If the choice is Windows or OSX I absolutely try to
get folks to go with a Mac.  But if I think someone
has a shred of a chance of being happy with Ubuntu
I try to steer them that way.

Not sure if this helps or not.

On 1/26/11 5:38 PM, Ron Kaye Jr wrote:
> my daughter is almost 30
> she wants an apple mac
> dad hates apple ( i go back to apple iic!)
> proprietary, more expensive, gotta pay for everything (ugh)
> i am sure age can be a factor
> and it is free bsd
> why are you younger folk so enamored with apples.
> i will listen- i am a reasonable guy
> Ron Kaye Jr
> 914-7294734
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