April 6, 2008
Leopard after 48 Hours
Forty Eight hours have passed since I started to use a Macbook with Leopard for my everyday task.
Do you know the feeling of living in a friends house, eating their food, sleeping on their coach, peeing on their WC? Well, that’s somewhat how I feel with Mac. Very uncomfortable!!! But let’s try to go into some detail.
The working environment is nice, there are some funny things but nothing impressive or spectacular for someone used to Compiz-Fusion. Many things do work differently than a Linux OS and those do really annoy me since I have been using Linux in both my work/home PC and laptop for about 10 years. I have been seeing nothing else than different distros of Linux… and even about that, I’ve been feeding of Gentoo for the last 6 years. So, please do not expect an unbiased opinion. This is the perspective of a Linux user…
Software installation is simple… too simple… just makes you want install all the shitty stuff you find online and then here’s we are back again on to shareware and friends. I still remember my days of starting windows, finding a shareware, finding a crack, cracking the shareware and using the application. Then my glory days of Linux, now I am back to finding loads of shareware which I need to filter through in order to find some decent freeware.
The terminal… oh the terminal… It’s for some reason as bad as the xterm which is as basic as it gets in Linux, besides, I couldn’t get Home, End, etc working as they should. I just hate it. Moreover, even Gentoo comes with some decent colors configuration for the terminal. Leopard is black and white.
Window management is as terrible as I can find. I can’t fit into my head into why the hell the X button doesn’t close the god damn application. It just sits there waiting to what?!? CMD-Q?
Fink is trying to make a good job into turning Leopard with some decent open-source applications into the Mac world but it is ridden terrible placing of software and lacking support for multiple version installation. I have XCode gcc installed, and I have Fink gcc 4.2 installed… and hey, where’s the simple support for me to choose which one to choose?
Yes, it’s true… Leopard brings some Unix flavour to it… Unix flavour which is 5 years old… gcc 4.0.1?!? Come on…
Now, the most serious stuff… I am imprisioned inside this coffin with a pretty dock, a bar and a pretty background. Ok, ok, I can do some minor tweakings… but hey… I want configuration, flexibility, I want to have a different dock, I want to have a different layout. I HATE the buttons on the left side of the top of window… and can someone tell me the difference between the Close and Minimizing buttons given that the Close doesn’t seem to close anything?!?
I think it is enough for now… :) Don’t worry, I am still breathing!
P.S. The skype version for leopard is excellent! Hey, Skype Linux Team… START WORKING!