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Oct. 28th, 2002 | 12:46 am

So I've been using Mac OS X for a month or so, and have learned enough to find things that offend my geek sensibilities. For instance the system (apparently) doesn't call its shutdown scripts for daemons, which seems to be a bad idea for things like database servers.

Also fink (a project to package unix tools for OS X) made some design choices that frustrate me. All of its packages live in /sw instead of more traditional unix locations, which means the copies of python, apache, gcc that apple produced also live on the disk and munch disk space and provide opportunities for confunsion. (For instance where should python add-ins be installed, in the OS X python tree or the fink tree?)

Also I miss focus follows mouse, and my keyboard shortcuts to raise or lower windows.

So I've started building debian CDs for powerpc. One shocking thing is it takes 7 CDs to distribute all of the binary packages.

I know that I'll lose some functionality, the modem probably wont work, and it's questionable if I'll have accelerated video, or if I'll be able to easily use an external monitor.

However I should be able to use both internal and external wireless cards, I'll have multiple desktops again, and instead of wasting time downloading source packages and needing to build them "apt-get install " will once again have 8,000+ packages to choose from.

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Clare T. Rampling

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from: rampling
date: Oct. 28th, 2002 12:51 am (UTC)
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Ahhh, I feel better now. You being a Mac person was weirding me out. ;P

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Diane Trout

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from: alienghic
date: Oct. 28th, 2002 12:55 am (UTC)
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Yes, this whole giving up freedom to make my life simpler was weirding me out too.

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Diane Trout

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from: alienghic
date: Oct. 28th, 2002 01:33 am (UTC)
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Though I'm only getting rid of the OS, I'll still be lugging around the same apple hardware. Is that still enough to make the universe seem better?

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Clare T. Rampling

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from: rampling
date: Oct. 28th, 2002 05:14 am (UTC)
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Yeah, it's not the hardware, it's the OS. You've run PC hardware, but not Windows. Now you're running Mac hardware but not Mac OS. The universe is recognizable again.

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Robin

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from: solri
date: Oct. 28th, 2002 05:52 pm (UTC)
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OS X doesn't have multiple desktops? Jeez, I hear even Windows XP has that if you download some add-on, and Windows 98 will do it if you install the nVidia drivers. Like, welcome to the 1980s.

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