Scuttlebutt: Torvalds Thinks OS X Is Crap
Subject:   Mac OS X, Linux and Linus Torvalds
Date:   2001-04-18 10:42:21
From:   bosscat
I'm glad someone in the trade press is actually paying attention to what their peers say and calling bs when they see bs. Keep up the good work!

I've been watching posts from various sources concerning OS X vs. Linux since before the OS X beta was released and all I can say is what a bunch of whiners!

I use Linux on my servers and will continue to do so for the forseeable future not because I think its better than OS X, but because the learning curve was so damn steep I don't want to screw with something that works. I probably won't even update to Linux 2.4. Don't fix what isn't broken.

As to Linux itself, I have to work in the real world which means I need to be able to read and generate documents in MicroSloth's office suite. I have yet to find a similar apps suite for Linux that actually works. (Read that as something my wife can use - she's a Luddite when it comes to software). I have this ability on OS X and thus avoid the "bitch factor".

I've been hearing a lot of whining about speed - well its interesting that once Classic loads up MS Office apps seem to run as fast and in the case of Excel faster than they did on OS 9. Of course I spent a little money to increase my RAM to 500 Megs, but what the hey.

If you are running slow, its the RAM stupid!

Besides, the OS has been out for less than six months. How well did Linux (or UNIX for that matter) work after only six months on the market? Not nearly as well I'm sure. Give it time. And btw the same holds true for apps native to OS X, they will appear in time.

As to Linus Torvalds, he has my respect as an individual and as a programmer. He's not the messiah or God, however. These are the preserve of Bill Gates, just ask Bill, he'll tell you.

While Linus has probably done more to actually get opensource os's off the ground than anyone else I can think of he hasn't done it alone, and Linux is still a long way from being a household word. It's simply not consumer ready, and until the geeks get off their purity soapbox and make it so, Linux will not be able to stand up to the same scrutiny as either OS X or it pains me to say Windows.

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