I'm a dedicated linux user for the past 5 years and I'm thinking of dumping it all and going to macs.
Instead I'm a dedicated mac user and I'm thinking of dumping it all and going to linux.
I spend way too much time fiddling and screwing around trying to get normal things to work. The other day for example my wife wanted a sound to come on when she got an email in thunderbird. Should be easy, no? Doesn't work on ubuntu without some serious googling/screwing around. Google earth which for some reason vanished from the medibuntu repository... same deal. For some reason the installer set the symlink to point somewhere else. And still the fonts are screwed up, don't know why.
I spend way too much time fiddling and screwing around trying to get normal things to work. And Apple keeps deleting my posts when I whine on their support forums.
The other day for example I wanted to connect my Android phone to my macbook. Should be easy, no? Doesn't work on a mac at all because "RNDIS is a Microsoft protocol".
Or one of my favorites? Kdenlive, a great video editor, can't export to h.264 out of the box on ubuntu because it uses lame so you have to put your own custom export in.
After I switched to linux, kdenlive exported to h.264 out of the box simply by choosing "H.264" from the format list (which included HDV, DV, MPEG2, MPEG4, Xvid, Flash, RealVideo, Theora and Webm).
Of course, that only worked after I enabled the restricted codecs, which aren't "restricted" by any technical reason, but only by the illiberal laws of some countries which sacrifice civil liberties to create monopolies for the profit of big enterprises. Thankfully I don't live in one of them.
Agreed but there's a point where you get tired of ideologies for the sake of not getting something done.
Or a recent clean install of Kubuntu 10.10 that left the master mixing channel muted (not through kmix but through alsamixer).
Effectively I have some problems with that %$&%# PulseAudio which keeps eating all of my CPU just to play an MP3
Pulseaudio... the bane of my KDE life. It's 2010 and we're f'ing around with sound?
Or the fact that the newest ubuntu amarok packages kill it's ability to talk to my wife's ipod.
...but I'm happy anyway because I switched to a non-Apple mp3 player which doesn't require me to either use a closed, buggy, heavy, alien, limited application or to rely on amateur reverse-engineered libraries just to transfer music on it. It also costed much less and does have a removable battery.
I hear you and know why you feel that way but the fact of the matter is that the old packages work, and if you manually download and forbid-upgrade the packages they work again. Some package manager screwed up and it's another half an hour on google and mucking on the command line to get a couple songs on my wife's ipod.
Look, I loves me linux, but I have 3 kids, a wife, a job, and a life.
Look, I love Apple devices, but I have an underpaid IT job, so I can't afford to spend 3x the money to buy underpowered hardware.
Hey man I really appreciate the counterpoint before I jump in to the apple realm. My mind's not set and your points are exactly what's holding me back. Especially the last one.
It just seems to me that the amount of f'ing around with desktops to do basic things should have gone down over the past 5 years on linux, and it seems to have gone up instead. Lots of fanciness but lotsa bugs. I was hoping in the apple realm that because you pay more maybe you get what you pay for. I've had family, friends, etc go this way and all proclaim this. But you've got me thinking. Maybe I'll hackintosh one of my linux machines and see how it goes.