I am with Ubuntu from the first release, I changed from windows because the reasons that everyone knows and I am studing computer systems for 5 years(I am on the last year of masters degree), at beginning I changed to Ubuntu(Linux) because I wanted to learn more, I wanted to really understand how SO works and have a different perspective, I really enjoyed that time because I was one of the few who could really work on Linux and I was also invited to work on my university`s Linux group, I was learning, I could solve problems and I was glad to watch the growing of Ubuntu ever 6 months, even my part-time job(Burger King) had switched from Windows to Ubuntu and also other companies. But now I agree with “Vincent Danen”, my time is starting to get very expensive(in spite of still enjoying to fix my Ubuntu`s problems).
To give you some examples:
- My university has an wireless connection(Eduroam) that I must configure every time I want to access it.
- Since Ubuntu 8.04 I have to reconfigure my wireless card to work.
- I use openoffice to make my presentations and when I open them with M.Office all characters are unaligned.
- The last time I receive a word file(an important one) and opened with openoffice the images were missing and I had to ask the sender to send me the images in a separate folder(Yes, I checked the configurations).
- When I use skype I ALWAYS have problems with the video.
Every Linux user had spent a lot of time configuring and reconfiguring something on their system to make things work(sometimes). If you do not mind to do this then It is fine, I used to think that way.
When I look back and see the time I spent resolving this issues to do something in spite of just do it, it is quite a lot.
Personally I think time is much more important than money and in the end I do not want to look back and see that I spent 1 year of my life trying to put my internet working or finding a compatible program or put one projector working with my Ubuntu or trying to accomplish the same tasks that iLife provide within the same time.
You pay Mac OS with your money.
You pay Linux with your time.
Mac OS is better because it allows you to do the same things in a fewer time. Some of you may say that apple computers are for people that do not know very much about computers because they are easy, and why should an operating system be hard? do you like to inspect your car`s engine or always repairing it? or do you prefer that it takes you wherever you want without complain?
And do not forget that Mac OS is built over the Unix (do you know that Mac OS X is certified by Unix and Linux do not?), so if you like to do things hard core you can do it anyway.
Now WWDC 2009 is about to start.
See you guys!