updated 08:55 pm EST, Mon November 28, 2005
Linux user reviews Mac
One German linux user recently , offering in-depth thoughts about his experience using Mac OS X along with the Mac Mini's hardware. Among the many topics covered, asthetics of the computer itself was first in line: "the Mac mini is the most sexy box I have ever owned." Hardware followed close behind, "Apple just gets it right every time." When commenting on Apple's iSight camera, the reviewer said "this thing is not only beautifully designed, it also comes with features not found on those cheap USB cams, such as a real autofocus and a directional microphone. Video chats are a joy with this thing." And despite some minor interface annoyances, the reviewer says he will use Mac OS X for his GUI-intensive.
"Apple filled an important gap in the Unix/Linux world, by providing an extremely well-designed GUI that makes it a pleasure to use." Complaints about the GUI include the confusion between double and single clicking the mouse at various times, window focus annoyances, drag-and-drop inconsistencies, moving and resizing windows, poor file type identification with enormous trust placed in file extensions, the lack of built-in desktop switching, and the operating system's lack of included codecs.
When speaking about closed source code and standardization, the reviewer said "Apple misses the boat quite regularly. End of story." The linux user is used to getting software for free, and is dissapointed by the "change of culture."
"I encourage people to give Apple a try," the user said in conclusion.