Looking for better OS

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in macOS edited January 2014
I am looking at what is more open and stable than OS X. While I like OS X a lot I am not thrilled with it lately. How about Linux?

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  • Reply 1 of 4
    MarvinMarvin Posts: 15,175moderator
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    Originally Posted by BigZ View Post


    How about Linux?



    People who ask that generally won't like Linux. It's ok but it definitely requires more technical knowledge of how computers work than other OSs. People will say otherwise but when you get a problem, they are quick to point you to some config files or terminal shell. That's sometimes true with OS X of course but there are usually GUI tools to help out.



    The software supported is very low too. No official Adobe support whatsoever. Commercial apps that you see online, you will almost never get a Linux version of them. There is a lot of open source software available through the software repositories but they are usually quite useless apps. They are generally terminal apps or apps with GUIs that follow no interface guidelines.



    Don't be surprised to be running XP in a VM quite a lot to get any work done.



    Quote:
    Originally Posted by BigZ View Post


    I am looking at what is more open and stable than OS X. While I like OS X a lot I am not thrilled with it lately.



    Open doesn't really matter that much because there's usually very little people need to do to the OS. When you talk about stability, do you mean application crashes or kernel panics? Also is this Leopard you are running?



    I think that the best option would be to try to resolve the issues you have with OS X before going into unknown territory and having to find alternatives to every app you currently use.



    By all means try Linux out for yourself, there are a lot of distros out there of Linux and you may find that your experience is ok with it. I personally still feel that OS X is the best system out of the 3 main ones. It has the software you get for Linux as well as commercial software and device support as well as being designed with ease of use in mind.
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    carniphagecarniphage Posts: 1,984member
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    Originally Posted by BigZ View Post


    I am looking at what is more open and stable than OS X. While I like OS X a lot I am not thrilled with it lately. How about Linux?



    I think you are trolling, but I'll bite anyway.



    Spend some time with Ubuntu Linux. It's probably the best Linux distro available.



    I set-up a Linux box as an "always on" mail server and an FTP server. It's stable and does the job. However it was very difficult to set up. Configuring Postfix and Proftp required a lot of learning to construct the settings files. I wanted the box to be detectable by Bonjour - and that meant even more fiddling under the hood.



    Mac OS X is real actual Unix, with a user-friendly front-end and a lot more commercially available software. It's exactly like Linux, but better.



    Everyone should definitely visit Ubuntu, but I wouldn't want to live there.



    C.
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    sandausandau Posts: 1,230member
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    Originally Posted by Carniphage View Post




    Everyone should definitely visit Ubuntu, but I wouldn't want to live there.



    C.



    I visited Ubuntu several times, I was glad to come home.
  • Reply 4 of 4
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by sandau View Post


    I visited Ubuntu several times, I was glad to come home.



    Everyone always comes back home.



    And those who's home is Windows or Linux...well, OS X is home away from home...the much cooler home away from home.
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