Respectful Insolence

Microsoft Windows Vista versus Mac OS X

David Pogue makes the case that Microsoft didn’t rip off Apple.

Nice.

Comments

  1. #1 Tyler DiPietro
    December 23, 2006

    That’s funny.

    It has inspired me to find a new GNU/Linux distro. I’m sick of using this Windows piece of poop.

  2. #2 Graculus
    December 23, 2006

    I love it. Windows ripped off Apple because it has a calendar that … *gasp* … looks like a calendar. When does Apple pay royalties to Crane for “look and feel”?

    Every OS sucks. Every OS is ripped off from something. Everyone has their preferences for onereason or another.

  3. #3 JScarry
    December 23, 2006

    Tyler,
    You might want to check out Kubuntu. I installed it on several machines with odd hardware configurations and it recognized everything without a hitch. I’ve got it running on Parallels on my Mac and it works fine. Install a copy of OpenOffice and Firefox and you’ll be up and running in no time.

    Graculus,
    I take exception to your statement the _Every_ OS sucks. OSX certainly doesn’t. Gentoo does exactly what I want it to on my server. I like Kubuntu a lot though not enough to make it my primary OS. Sure, there are some things I’d like to be different on my machines, but I wouldn’t say the the OS itself sucks.
    By the way, in case you missed it, Pogue was joking.

  4. #4 Graculus
    December 23, 2006

    OSX certainly doesn’t.

    Obviously you haven’t experienced enough of them. I have 3 brand spanking new iMacs and an eMac on the network at my place of employ. They fail to impress.

  5. #5 Orac
    December 24, 2006

    One wonders, then, what exactly in a computer OS it would take to “impress” you.

  6. #6 Graculus
    December 24, 2006

    One wonders, then, what exactly in a computer OS it would take to “impress” you.

    AmigaOS.

  7. #7 Peter da Silva
    December 24, 2006

    “An operating system without virtual memory is an operating system without virtue” — A well known Amiga software developer, shortly before going to work at Commodore (and presumably recanting in the process).

    “Memory is like sex: it’s better if it’s real” — Syemor Cray on Virtual Memory.

    Given these two quotes, it’s clear that neither AmigaOS nor any other OS can possibly avoid sucking, unless it manages to simultaneously have virtual memory and no virtual memory. It would take a Brambleweeny sub-micron electronic brain and an atomic vector plotter to resolve this conflict.

  8. #8 Graculus
    December 25, 2006

    There was a *lot* more than the RAM disk to AmigaOS.

    There is no respect for tight, creative, fast code these days.

    *grumbles, hits Peter with walker*

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