[oclug] MAC OS X GUI vs Linux vs Windows
robert at timetraveller.org
Thu Nov 6 16:21:47 EST 2003
On Thu, 6 Nov 2003 psaz at rogers.com wrote:
> I've used linux for about 2 years now, and I still hate the
> GUI...console is where its at. I'm sorry but KDE and GNOME
> are very nice, they have quite allot of very good
> features, but its still not as "reliable" or "efficient"
> as the Windows GUI. (I know...I said reliable and
> efficient when relating to a MS product :-| )
KDE & Gnome aren't the only options when it comes to a unix desktop.
There are more than 30 window managers (WMs for short) in active
development. I use fvwm2 (why? because it does what I need and I have
heavily customised it for my needs). I recommend looking at the ones that
are available. I'm sure list members would gladly jump in with
suggestions. Most WMs are orders of magnitude more configurable than
MS-Windows, and the fact that there are so many is a huge bonus in
flexibility. Try a few out. You can still use your KDE & Gnome apps
without needing to use their full windowing environments.
> It really pisses me off, cause that, and the fact that
> mozilla butchers webpages when they are displayed, are
Many web pages aren't written to follow standards but written to work on
IE. This is of course a function of the continued domination of the
browser market by MS. As a result Mozilla & kin have to play by someone
elses rules, and the rules are apt to change.
IMHO part of the problem is the fact that most 'net users these days do
not see the net in an historical context. They haven't been online long
enough to have seen the net before it became commercialised.
Interoperability allowed the Internet to develop and only through
interoperability can it flourish. There were plenty of contenders in the
online world in the learly 90s. Users of Compuserve would look down their
noses at us lowly Internet users. Well times change and the only
commercial contender from that era still around is AOL and that's only
because they wised up & connected to the Internet (The September that
I see a parrellel between the way the Internet was treated in the early
90s by the commercial network providers and the way OSS was treated until
only very recently by commercial software providers. Both were looked on
only as hobbiest toys, not to be taken seriously. Well we know
differently don't we.
> the only thigns stopping me from moving to linux once in
> for all.
I completely dropped MS from my desktop in 1996. There were some growing
pains but I'm glad I did it when I did.
> In comes MAC OS X: I've seen this thing in action....the
Haven't seen it but it may well end up the vanguard of unix on the
desktop. Who knows.
Robert Brockway B.Sc. email: robert at timetraveller.org, zzbrock at uqconnect.net
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