[Ardour-Users] OSX vs Linu

frederic rech f.rech at yahoo.fr
Sun Aug 23 13:47:21 PDT 2009

Just my opinion People,

Linux CAN do a better job than Mac, and don't like to mention winblowsTM...
BUT, it's really a personal effort, and a time invest on several weeks/months -depends on your "level"- , to get what you want from the machine !
IF you remember your firsts days on Mac or other OS, maybe you realise it's just the same thing here... OR maybe you don't feel motivated enough by FREEDOM, and give up...

THAT'S THE POINT, imo, just a PERSONAL CHOICE, you can do closely the same things with all OS around, if you're smart and obstinated enough, and/or have good friends to help ! AND LOOK, if any machine is setted up on several OS by the best hacker on Earth, with Linux he will have best results... Don't say this for commercial purposes, but in my case of "no-hacker-people" get more from P4 with "Debian and some time" than never imagine to have from wTM !

Don't want to be negative nor agressive, but if one complains on what is really bad on some OS, like to remember that : if you don't buy it, it doesn't be selled anymore...

It was the sunday joke, or not !!           -pick up YOUR CHOICE-

Freely --fred

--- En date de : Dim 23.8.09, John Emmas <johne53 at tiscali.co.uk> a écrit :

De: John Emmas <johne53 at tiscali.co.uk>
Objet: Re: [Ardour-Users] OSX vs Linu
À: ardour-users at lists.ardour.org
Date: Dimanche 23 Août 2009, 22h18

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Thomas Vecchione"
> For the record, I strongly disagree with the concept that any distribution
> of Linux needs to be a DIY system.  That defeats one of the main purposes
> of distributions
Whether Linux "needs to be" a DIY OS is of course debatable but I'd have to
say that I'm with Rob on this one.  I described Linux earlier as "high
maintenance" but whichever way you dress it up, at this point in time, Linux
is not an OS that the average Joe can install with ease.  Things are
definitely getting better but there's still a long road ahead.

My personal view is that driver installtion & configuration remains the
greatest bugbear with Linux.  Apple has solved this neatly by heavily
restricting the user's choice of hardware but Microsoft has the same problem
on almost the same scale as Linux.  Microsoft's approach has been to unify
hardware and software manufacturers with its MSI installation strategy (the
ubiquitous "setup.exe" file).  Well configured MSI installers have
completely removed the pain of installing both drivers and apps under
Windows - in particular, eliminating the old problem of "DLL hell" that used
to plague Windows users in the days when every manufacturer had its own
preferred installation strategy.

With the increased usage of package managers, installing applications under
Linux has become similarly painless.  Unfortunately, the same cannot be said
for installing drivers.  There are probably as many different strategies as
there are driver writers, which is a great letdown.  Somebody needs to come
up with a solution that unifies them because as long as this problem
persists Linux, IMHO, will never be able to shed its 'DIY' image.  By hook
or by crook, drivers need to become as easy to install as applications have
become in recent years.


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