Linux, MacOSX (was Re: [oclug] (no subject))
michealk at soniccat.com
Thu Aug 22 08:29:32 EDT 2002
On Wednesday, August 21, 2002, at 10:12 PM, Milan Budimirovic wrote:
> That's missing the main point of the Linux exercise. Linux is free
> software. OSX is not.
I never claimed it was, and am not arguing that point. All I said was
overnight Apple became the largest distributor of desktop Unix systems.
Free or otherwise. I still believe that Linux has a good chance at
catching up. I'd *love* to see Linux move into this space - it's not
there yet though. As pretty and functional as KDE/Gnome and the other
"desktops" are, they don't yet possess the same level of integration and
functionality found in OS X IMHO. But they're improving with each
release, so we shall see.
> On the other hand a lot of people feel that the shamelessly overpriced
> hardware that Apple forces upon its customers is OSX's biggest drawback.
> Once you get past the motherboard and CPU, Macs are built entirely with
> off-the-shelf parts. Ordinary SDRAM, IDE drives, ATI and NVidia cards...
> ho hum.
Agreed, some of their stuff is overpriced. Their G4 towers could stand
to lose a few dollars around the waist. On the other hand, their
lower-end commercial products such as the iBooks are extremely
competitively priced. $1800 for a small, fast, portable Linux laptop
with excellent battery life? Can't complain much about that. $1600 for
a G4 eMac with display built it? That's pretty good too. The LCD iMacs
are a little pricey, but they'll drop as soon as competitors begin
manufacturing similar systems (Gateway is apparently already doing this).
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