A Gibbon beats Leopard

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| Canonical has released the latest version of its Linux distribution, Ubuntu.
| It's easy to install and use. Why don't more people use it?


Apple could, in due time, become like Sun Microsystems on the server and be
forced to go open source in order to compete.


Switching From OS X to Ubuntu: 10 Things I Miss

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| Overall, I have to say that I’m very happy with using Ubuntu. These are just
| a few little things that really bug me about my Dell Ubuntu notebook. With a
| little patients, I’m sure most of these issues will be solved. There are also
| a lot of things I love about Ubuntu that I miss when I use OS X, maybe I’ll
| share those in my next post. * *


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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.