Ubuntu Drive Visible to OS X?

John dingo at coco2.arach.net.au
Tue Sep 21 23:59:01 UTC 2004

Fábio Mendes wrote:

>I haven't read this essay, but there are some points that are
>frequentely mistaken about command line interfaces. There roughtly are 2
>kind of population that uses linux, the 1st being the people who (want
>to) work _with_ computers and have linux installed in their desktop for
>some reason. I won't say those people should better be using Windows or
>Macs, because that's not true and linux DE's are quickly pairing up with
>current mac and windows GUI. There are some rought edges, but I guess,
>specially in gnome land, there's good will to change it, it has focus
>and it's happening fast. 
>And, of course, there are the command line freaks. Linux is a great OS
>for them, for obvious reasons. The command line has its advantages, but
>is not for everyone. To be a shell master you'll need to do lot's of
>documentation reading and some programming skills will also help. But to
>fully control your machine, you have to be a shell master, the gui don't
>show all (mind what you see is all you get). And that true in Macs,
>Linux and even Windows (even with its pathetic shell capabilities). Of
>course almost nobody needs that kind of control and ideally all common
>routine tasks should be possible without touching the console, without
>reading documentation, without diggin on deep menus with arcane names,
>etc. But lots of old school linux users still advocates you should learn
>some console skills cause it's the Right Thing, and it's indeed right in
>the way that it makes you more productive in lots of tasks.

Of course, with OS X you have both, a UI arguably (at least) the equal 
of Windows, and the same CLI as on Linux (bash by default).

The utilities available vary; hdiutil burns CDs and DVDs and so replaces 
cdrecord and growisofs, and it often has Unix itilities instead of GNU 
utilities, but it's hard to argue the OS X experience is worse or more 
limiting than Linux.

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