Unity Interface in 10.10 Netbook Edition

Tom H tomh0665 at gmail.com
Fri Oct 29 22:05:03 UTC 2010

On Fri, Oct 29, 2010 at 4:42 PM, Thierry de Coulon <tcoulon at decoulon.ch> wrote:
> On Friday 29 October 2010 10:08:11 pm Tom H wrote:
>> I disagree about the crashing phenomenon that you describe. I've been
>> using OS X since late June and my three crashes have been VirtualBox
>> dying and I've just force-quit it successfully every time.
> Yep, I know that. however the complete system is stuck until you force quit
> the crashed application. Ok, it's better than Windows 98 where it would crash
> the hole system, but...
> And the same happens when some applications are doing something (Adobe
> Première, for example). Where's multitasking in the "most advanced OS"?

I've only had VBox crash and it hasn't stopped me from using other
apps. I was also involved in three OS X roll-outs of between 600 and
1100 boxes in the past and the main advantage over OS 9 was the fact
that a crash in XPress, PageMaker, InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator,
Freehand, etc wouldn't take down the entire OS so I can't imagine OS X
regressing in the way that you are describing.

>> Apple has a strange take on the command line but, for example, the
>> partition issue that you mention is no big deal. All partitions are
>> mounted under "/Volumes" (note the PITA capital letter!). We have
>> "/media"...
> I know that too. Just means that you always have to type /Volumes/ first, and
> add "(...)" to access some directories. Yes, you can do it, but if Apple
> expected users to use the command line either they wouldn't organize it that
> way or they would be very stupid.
> I can put a bunch of obstacles in front of my door and manage to get in
> anyway, but it's so much easier if the door is free...

As I said above, in Linux, we have "/media" for external partitions
and whatever mount-point that you choose for internal ones so I don't
see the problem with "/Volumes" except that you want to make it one.

OS X users seem to be in two categories. GUI users who don't even know
about the CLI - and if they know about it, couldn't care less - and
Unix/Linux people who enjoy having a nix workstation. My first
experience of the latter was a company (where I worked for three
months) that had about 220 solaris servers and where all the
developers (and many others) ran OS X desktops - and loved the setup
and their Macs.

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