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The Apple Way and the Linux Way

Jul 07, 2007, 08:00 (12 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jem Matzan)

"Today I tried to help a Mac user save some pictures to a DVD. There were more than 1GB of photos, so it made more sense to use a DVD than two CDs. Unfortunately, Mac OS X thinks that you need to make movies when you insert a blank DVD disc--it has no idea that you want to save data to it. What you, the user, want to do does not matter. All that matters is that you do what Apple says a computer should do. This is 'the Apple way,' and some people find it enjoyable.

"Is a lack of customization and choice heaven or hell? In the Linux and BSD worlds, this is a frequent debate. A large part of the advantage to using a versatile operating system is that you get to choose which software you want to use..."

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