[linux-elitists] Why haven't you switched to MacOS X yet?

Michael Bacarella mbac@netgraft.com
Wed Jan 8 13:19:15 PST 2003

"After all, it's got all of the benefits of Linux, plus a standardized
UI and better applications support!"

I'm getting really sick of that question, and it's becoming more common.

How do you answer it? My answer:

It's a closed source system with open source components. The utility of
Linux is in the community that cooperated to develop it. There is no such
developer community on MacOS X.  It is proprietary software that picked
and choosed open source components because even Apple wasn't stupid enough
to try to spend the thousands of man years duplicating what they could
get for free today. Them keeping it open source is a convenient marketing
tool to appeal to geeks, the company has no real interest in open source.

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