One for the Mac lusers

Anyone remember this classic fake Mac ad from the late 1990s, or whenever it was?

Using an Apple computer is not quite the exercise in slit-your-wrists levels of retardation and user-unfriendly asshattery that is WinDOZE 8 and 10 - largely because the latest generations of Apple's OS X operating systems are based on and built around a truly sensible UNIX-like kernel design.

As a result, Apple's operating systems actually, y'know... work.

And I will readily admit that they have, hands down, the prettiest and most user-friendly interfaces out there. The Steve Jobs philosophy of "simple design, beautiful aesthetics" is in fact a very good one.

The problem that I have with Apple is that their entire philosophy of user interaction comes down to: "We know best, so stay inside our very pretty walled garden while we tell you what you can do with your hardware and software".

Maybe I'm just acting like a grumpy old fart - okay, I am actually a grumpy old fart - but this does not sit well with me. It's my bloody phone/tablet/computer, I'll do what I want with it, thank you very frakking much!!!

That is why I use Linux, and have been using it for something approaching 10 years.

In fact, I have actually gotten around to introducing some other folks to Linux as well. A couple of months ago a reader of mine told me that he was getting mighty cheesed off with his Windows PC, which was giving him all sorts of grief because it kept crashing and could not figure out how to go back to its old system restore points, etc. etc. etc.

So I told him to try downloading a Linux live ISO and taking Linux Mint 18.3 for a spin.

I've never heard an adult man sound so happy, beyond maybe seeing his kid finally graduate from college.

I mean, granted, I turned into long-distance tech support for the next couple of weeks on occasion, but it was totally worth the phone calls and texts. Once you start using an operating system that just lets you get on with the business of doing what you want, you never, ever look back.

(And, hey, I got a bunch of useful pointers about where to go and what to read with respect to the whole "Jesus Christ is Lord and Saviour" thing, so I'd say it was a fair exchange.)

Indeed, Linux has gotten to the point now where it is essentially a complete desktop and laptop replacement for Windows at just about every level - unless you are a serious gamer, or a serious Computer Assisted Design user, in which case Linux still will not have the applications you need. It is not that Linux lacks horsepower to do those tasks - of course it can, and in fact is considerably leaner and less resource-heavy than Windows in almost every respect. It is just that the application stacks for those uses are not nearly as extensive, as user-friendly, or as well-supported as the commercial Windows-based options.

It has long been a dream of mine to setup an entire functional business using Linux across all aspects of its IT stack - desktops, laptops, servers, and cloud. The technology has advanced to the point where this is an actual, viable option, but the reason why most businesses still choose to go with Microsoft or Apple is mostly due to a serious case of CYA.

See, with open-source software in general, and Linux in particular, there is no one to blame if something goes really screwy with a particular program. Never mind that, with Linux, if you don't like how something works, you can hire a developer to change the code - or just write it yourself, if you are so inclined.

Take it from someone who was a corporate slave for 11 years: in big companies with correspondingly large IT departments, risk-taking and innovation tend to be a whole hell of a lot less important than covering your butt in case something goes wrong.

Returning to the subject of Apple's douchebaggery, I wonder if any of the Apple cult followers users have ever asked themselves: what if Apple was 100% honest with us and told us what they really think of their own products?

Fortunately we have a bunch of highly inspired satirists to tell us exactly that:

Zombie Steve Jobs... classic.


  1. Depends of course very much on the type of business you are trying to run. Unless it is directly Linux related it will be cheaper to run Windows as that what most office monkeys are used to. (Amazing how quickly people can learn to use their new iphone, but can whine for years on getting used to a new Windows or Office version.)

  2. I agree. I've played around with various flavours of LINUX. I prefer KDE so I've used both Kubuntu and Linux Mint. I really like them . If I had the money to buy a refurbished computer, I'd install Linux Mint KDE and use that as my work computer.

    My only grumbling is that while Libreoffice has massively improved since the days of Star office 5, I still prefer Wordperfect. And I've been gripping like a pitbull on crystal meth to have a new version for both 32 and 64 bit Linux. :)


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