Computers & Tech

Linux & the Mac-Man

To my faithful followers, I apologize for not posting for a while. The truth is not that I’ve been busy, but I’ve been rather uninspired. Considering this is the first post in a long time, I’d ask you to bear with me a little more while I get a bit nerdy. 🙂

It probably comes as a surprise to know that although I am huge fan of Mac OS, one of the shows that I follow is the Lunduke Hour by Bryan Lunduke and his consecutive show – Linux Thursdays; co-hosted with guests like Matt Hartley. Yes.. these shows are about Linux and so why does someone who is  fan of Apple and MacOS, watching shows about Linux?

Why am I happy to endorse Linux to a number of users, but refrain from using it as a Desktop myself…? Sounds contradictory?
Yes it is.. Truth be told I’m a Mac-Man. I will always be a Mac-Man.
Ever watched the old Apple, “I’m a PC, I’m a Mac” ads? I will always find myself on the Mac camp.
I choose Mac because it just works and does what I want it to do. Can I do what I need to do with Windows or Linux?
Yes.. I could. But I choose Mac OS because I like Mac OS.

So what is the fascination over Linux? While I’m a Mac person, I’m also a technology fan of Unix like operating systems and technologies. I like the idea of being in complete control of my system and being able to change what anything and everything as I please.

Hardcore Linux fans always seem to talk about free software movement and privacy, etc. I suppose that they are seen as hippies fighting against “the Man”; be it government bodies or big businesses, etc.

In the past, Linux was seen as the rebel, fighting against the tyranny of Microsoft’s monopoly on the PC software market. These days, with the gaining popularity of Apple, the fight is against “the Man” is now more to do with Apple’s recent success. In comparisons, you often hear terms of being trapped in a useless ecosystem and forced to use software that you have to pay for.

OK.. I admit that to the one with the limited budget, free software is an excellent idea. You don’t need to pay. You get the kind of software that you want, with access to all the source code as well. All that is asked of you is that, if you develop a patch or make improvements to the code, you make it available to everyone that is using the application. Hence  the idea of open source.
It is a great idea, that forms an awesome social community of developers and users that lends to the idea of sharing good ideas and inventions for the good of humanity.

However, I am not sure that most users of Linux these days are actually into all of that sharing and caring stuff. I think that its mostly about everything being free and easily downloadable from the internet. Mankind is self-centered as a whole. All of us are in a our own race for survival. So the mentality is that if something is free, grab it, use it and don’t give it another second thought.

I won’t get into Linux’s history and stuff. All that was and is covered in previous articles as well as numerous other forums and blogs. While Linux as a whole is a great system, the communities behind it leave something to be desired.

Bryan Lunduke has a great presentation that he has been doing for a few years now called “Linux Sucks”.

The main idea behind the presentation is to review the reasons why Linux has claimed the market share it should have; especially since it is free.

So what about the Mac-Man i.e… Me.. Where do I stand? Am I for free software, open source? Or am I for big business?
Like I said, I’m a fan of good technology in all its forms. I do believe and think that open source is a great idea and great software, but at the same time, I do believe that any developer has the right to demand a bit of compensation for his work, especially when there are many people who benefit from it.

The usage of Linux basically states that any software developed for it, has to be made freely available to all and even the source code should be made public.

You always notice that the free software proponents always talk about the user. But what about the developer? What if this person is an independent developer and has no other form of income? Should he/she still give all his/her hard work away free of charge? That certainly does not sound fair.

For what its worth.. as I said earlier. I admire what the Linux community has done as a whole. All the hard work is great. But at the same time, they need to understand that not everyone can operate in that form. Can’t judge people for that.

So while I do not agree with Apple in everything that it does, I do respect that there are reasons. I still enjoy using Mac OS and it works very well for me. I will forever be a Mac-Man.

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