I’m always surprised by how many Macs I see at Linux events. This is more casual observation than science, but it’s still interesting. I hope it’s true!
Dan, who you might remember from this interview, has written about switching to Linux before (here and here, for instance), but it’s an important message to get out. And every year switching becomes easier and easier (although there are books to help you).
I’m glad he keeps beating the Linux drum, though. Especially as a less technical user.
From Niels Kobschaetzki. Honestly, at this point in my life, I think ALL operating systems are annoying in different ways. Linux is just the least annoying for me!
…AKA, why it’s not great to be the first to upgrade anything unless you’re comfortable with bugs and breakage.
I say this all the time: there need to be computers for people doing serious work. Not everyone is using their machine to watch videos.
It’s kind of sad when people are fans of software but can’t interact with the code. Free and open source software is like an adventure and closed-source software is like watching TV. That, plus the diminishing difference between OS X and iOS leaves a lot of people uninterested in their computers.
Apple prides itself on anticipating user needs. But when it mis-judges the need, things can go south very quickly.
Convenience is, well, convenient, but choice and will are important, too. I want to decide what happens with my music. Apparently so do a lot of people.
I don’t know that I’ve met anyone who likes iTunes in the past five or six years.
I use open source software from centralized trusted software repositories (which were the spiritual precursors to app stores)—I don’t need to hunt around on the Internet to find some software whose source I do not know. Does it have a virus? Does it have a trojan? Will it send all my purchasing, credit card details, photos and other identity to some unknown third party? What I get from the centralized repositories constitutes my base web of trust—and that base web offers a collection of software so large and varied that I know I can get a tool for any job, be it office, media, programming, scientific or leisure, and more.
An interesting post from an Apple fan. Marco feels the post wasn’t nuanced enough, but the main idea rings true to me: the user sometimes seems lost in Apple product designs.