What open source can learn from Apple

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  1. MacBytes macrumors bot

    Jul 5, 2003
  2. jayducharme macrumors 68030


    Jun 22, 2006
    The thick of it
    And there it is in a nutshell. The interesting thing is, it's much easier to teach someone how to be a good technician than it is to teach them how to be a good designer. That's why IMO Apple will stay ahead of the pack for quite a while.
  3. windywoo macrumors 6502a


    May 24, 2009
    Pure bollocks. Linux programs are easy to use, people just lack familiarity. Difficulties arise when your hardware isn't supported, but this won't be solved by copying Apple.
  4. MisterMe macrumors G4


    Jul 17, 2002
    This attitude is a prime example of what the author is talking about.
  5. Tenebrous macrumors member

    Jun 23, 2008
    The South, USA
    Apple places MUCH LESS of a mental load on the user in using their software and hardware than either Microsoft or Linux. I know you derive your self-esteem by proving how you can wade through shell prompts and config files just to use an app or an OS, but such futile bravado is singularly unimpressive. I'll exert my effort on the product, not on the app or the OS, thank you. And you know what? Creative professionals, by and large, agree. So all you have is a set of seriously misplaced priorities coupled to a pernicious case of big brain syndrome. Sucks to be you, man.
  6. kate-willbury macrumors 6502a

    Feb 14, 2009
    um wake up people. this isnt 1998 anymore. linux has become much more user friendly. i use terminal on my mac more often than i do on my ubuntu installation. i also have a vista 64 machine and i have no idea how windows programs supposedly place more mental load on the user. drop the mac-centric nonsense already. no one ever wins these silly arguments.
  7. windywoo macrumors 6502a


    May 24, 2009
    Used Linux recently? You don't require command line to surf the net. You don't require command line to setup email. If all your hardware is supported you won't have to do any configuring either. Linux programs these days are point and click like Windows and OSX, you just have to learn to point and click in different places. Of course there are Linux programs that require editing config files and command line installation, but the average user should have no need for these, everything they need is provided by one of the desktop packages.
  8. MorphingDragon macrumors 603


    Mar 27, 2009
    The World Inbetween
    Decent GUIs.

    Yes I went there. Compiz + Gnome (GTK) is a terrible GUI. KDE + kWin (QT) is several steps forward but is a bit buggy. Yes I work with Linux everyday. Even with the notoriously stable RHEL. Linux has a lot to learn.
  9. clevin macrumors G3


    Aug 6, 2006

    there might be thing linux SHOULD learn from APPLE. Such as "if you are tiny in the market, try to bundle hardware with software", and "uniform your brand!"

    But can they? its anti-freedom and anti-linux spirit.

    Bread is important, but without free spirit, linux may well just go die.

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