[OT] Re: Is Ubuntu safe to try
lgrover at zoominternet.net
Wed Jul 6 13:03:00 UTC 2005
Stephen R Laniel wrote:
> On Wed, Jul 06, 2005 at 12:57:30PM +0800, Senectus . wrote:
>>I'm currently administering a site with almost totally WinXP
>>desktops.. but there are 3 Apple OSX G4 Laptops that get used.. Now
>>I HATE having to work on these.. they make me feel like I'm crippled
>>or something.. *shudder* but the users love them. Having said that,
>>they can't figure out on their own how to do almost anything on them..
>>and are constantly asking me to help... and even though I see the
>>users productivity dropping on these devices the users still LOVE
> Huh. That's very interesting to me, and is quite counter to
> the experiences that most of my users have had. If you feel
> up to it, I'd love to hear what it is that people find
> difficult to do under OS X.
OK, this is off topic, but since you asked:
(1) Set up printing to use a CUPS printer on a linux box. This was
absolutely impossible for me to accomplish under OS X. I finally got
it working by copying the config files over to OS X from a linux
(Ubuntu) system. Setting up Ubuntu to use the CUPS printer was a
breeze, by comparison.
(2) Burn a data CD I can easily read on a linux system. OS X defaults
to burning data CDs with an HFS+ file system. While it's not
impossible to burn an ISO9660 data CD, it's not obvious how to do it,
and it cost me several coasters before I figured out how.
(3) Reliably connect to a linux NFS share.
(4) Adjust mouse tracking (independently adjust speed and acceration)
so that the GUI is usable. I've found this impossible to do on OS X
without a 3rd party app (extra $$). In contract, for every linux
system I've ever sat in front of, the default behavior of the mouse in
X has always been usable.
(5) Ditto for the trackpad on my iBook (except that I've never been
able to make it usable; if I want to use OS X, I have to attach an
(6) Customize the GUI so that the window control widgets (maximize,
minimize, close buttons) are on the same side of the window as the
scroll bar: where they belong. As far as I know, this is impossible
to do in OS X.
(7) Find truly useful information on-line. I guess I'm spoiled by the
ease of finding on-line solutions for linux problems. It's been quite
an unpleasant surprise for me to find out that the same is not true
for OS X.
I could go on and on, but in general, the problems I have with OS X
boil down to: (1) poor OS X interoperability with linux (to be fair,
I think Apple only cares about interoperability with windows, but
that's of absolutely no use to me), (2) OS X "just works", but only if
you want to do exactly what Apple thinks you should do and do it in
exactly the way Apple wants; if you don't, then prepare for big
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