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[News] Linux Benefits from Eternity

Switching from OS X to Linux

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| Due to the open nature of Linux, I truly believe that it has a better chance 
| of sticking around in the future than the Mac OS. Constant Linux developments 
| are being made, and who knows what it might be like a year from now. Linux 
| will live on as long as the users and developers want it to because the OS is 
| quite literally in their control. In contrast, if Apple ever decides to kill 
| off their OS, then it’s game over for all of us. I don’t foresee such a 
| decision being made anytime soon, but if it ever did, then Linux would be 
| there to take the place of the Mac OS because Windows is dead to me.       



Moving from Mac to Linux

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| There is a transition and a learning curve in moving from one
| operating system to another. Since many new users of Linux are
| former Windows users, there are many, many Web sites that
| discuss tips on how to move from Windows to Linux. Here are 
| some tips on how to move from the Mac to Linux.


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| Early this month, Mark Pilgrim made waves when he went shopping for a
| new Mac, but decided not to buy one, and, in When the bough breaks, wrote
| at length about switching to Ubuntu. I've been thinking about this a
| lot recently, and now John Gruber's written And Oranges, a fine excursus
| on Mark's piece. I'm pondering the switch away myself, too, and maybe
| sharing my thoughts will be helpful. [Update: Lots of feedback on the
| state of the Ubuntu art.] [Update: More from Mark. I feel sick,
| physically nauseated, that Apple has hidden my email--the record of
| my life--away in a proprietary undocumented format. I've had this happen
| once before (the culprit was Eudora); fool me twice, shame on me. Hear
| a funny sound? That's a camel's back, breaking.]
| [...]
| Will I Switch? · Yes. For Mark's reasons, and because I'm pretty darn
| sure that either Ubuntu or some other distro will eventually get the
| key things right.
| Alternatively, Apple could open-source a few of their apps so we could
| all fix the pain points, and they could start having an actual
| conversation with the world. Nothing less is acceptable.
| As John Gruber points out, neither Mark nor I are exactly typical.
| But you know what? I think that if the GNU/Linux/Solaris community
| can sustain its current level of energy and progress, and if Apple
| maintains its dysfunctional communications culture, there are going to
| be better choices just not for me, but for a lot of other people too.


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