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OfB.biz: Mac OS X: An Apple a Day keeps the Penguins Away?

Oct 08, 2002, 01:00 (17 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Timothy R. Butler)


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"Since it first surfaced a few years ago, it has been in vogue to suggest that Mac OS X fulfills the promise that Linux first made--a user friendly, powerful UNIX desktop. Linux is free now to go off and play with the other servers; the UNIX desktop has arrived and Linux need not apply for the job. It can be said with complete certainty that Mac OS X is indeed a very user-friendly environment, and enjoyable to work with as well. But does it really displace Linux's desktop hopes?

"In a word, 'no.'

"As always there are the naysayers who insist that Linux will never make it to the desktop because of that other system known as Windows. In this piece, I want to focus on the assertions of another group, the one that insists that Mac OS X is really as close to desktop Linux as we need or want, and that we should support it rather than hedging bets on its Penguin-friendly cousin. I think there are several problems that will keep OS X from this supposed coronation to the throne of the Linux desktop, which I will enumerate below..."

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