OS X is the new Linux
I made this comment at the office today and I was greeted with agreement, disagreement and blank stares...
My thoughts are that more and more often OS X is becoming the so-called "cure to Windows"... A colleague put it best.. he said "A few years back if someone was talking about a Windows problem, the response was, "This link will fix all your Windows problems" and the link was to some Linux distribution... Now-a-days... you have the same question, however the link is to apple.ca or an OS X page... The zealots that once swarmed and promoted Linux as a viable alternative to Windows... as the solution to all problems... are now being over shadowed by OS X fanboys who are doing the same thing... The number of blogs dedicated to Microsoft bashing, that are entirely pro OS X (OS X can't do anything wrong), is astounding.. OS X has become a religion.... and these fanboys are blindly accepting it as their faith without having a clue... One of the more predominant of sites is DaringFireball.net, however I'm not going to touch it today... everyone has had enough of a laugh at Mr. Gruber's expense.
One site I came across this evening (as I was debating if I would blog on this subject) was tech.blorge.com and it's the primary reason that I decided to do this write-up... The crap that they spew is unbelievable. A great example of this is the "Microsoft slugs Mac users with Vista Tax" post. They go on and on about the fact that you can't install the "lower" editions of Vista in Virtual Machines... and you can't... Do I see an issue with this?? Nope... but Paralells... (a third party vendor of Virtualization Software for OS X) is going on and on about it. That is to be expected... it's their livelihood, the problem is that the "cult of mac" is accepting everything they say at face value... No one seems to realize that this doesn't only affect Mac users.. it also affects anyone wishing to run Vista under VMWare or Virtual PC (The Home versions anyways)... but home is the keyword here.. Virtualization isn't a "home" technology... It's a business / research technology.... and in the business world, it's generally limited to servers for the most part... So why should Microsoft license a home technology (Vista Home) to be used on non-home technology (Virtualization)... You can argue that there are enthusiasts that will do it... but many of them will ignore the EULA anyways...
Mac users (and all the people on the Paralells blog who stae they'll be switching to OS X because Microsoft has gone over the line) seem to have forgotten the wording in the OS X EULA.
A. This License allows you to install and use one copy of the Apple Software on a single Apple-labeled computer at a time. This
License does not allow the Apple Software to exist on more than one computer at a time, and you may not make the Apple Software
available over a network where it could be used by multiple computers at the same time. If you use Setup Assistant to transfer
software from one Apple-labeled computer to another Apple-labeled computer, please remember that continued use of the original
copy of the software may be prohibited once a copy has been transferred to another computer, unless you already have a licensed
copy of such software on both computers. You should check the relevant software license agreements for applicable terms and
conditions. You may make one copy of the Apple Software (excluding the Boot ROM code) in machine-readable form for backup
purposes only; provided that the backup copy must include all copyright or other proprietary notices contained on the original.
That says I can't install OS X on my PC, so why should we expect Microsoft to allow the opposite... In this case, I'd say that Apple hit first and that Microsoft is only responding in kind... so perhaps OS X users should blame their precious Apple (Yes... as usual, I'm typing this on OS X, so I can say what I want about the OS). For a decent explanation of the Vista licensing, check out this page.
Now these guys at blorge didn't stop with this... They are dedicated to Microsoft bashing... attacking the concept of OpenID and CardSpace... Going to the ultimate level of immaturity by making use of the infamous Bill Gates mug shot... I love their theory in this one as well... Smart Cards and Certificates can be beaten so it's better to just keep using passwords about sums up their (incorrect) theory...
Another good one was, "While I do enjoy Microsoft bashing (like any hack does)" which was taken from the only post where they defend Vista (and only because it's about the only thing on the internet than the drivel they are spouting..). First off... "like any hack does"... If that doesn't shout juvenile Linux user from 3-5 years ago, I don't know what does... the entire sentence does... It's disgusting and I feel insulted (as a partial OS X user) that they are this immature. I could go on and on... I could also point out other sites (such as Macalope and
Artie MacStrawman’s Apple Orchard) but I’ll let you find the problems with them on your own… I’ll just leave you with this last bit of ignorance from the Artie MacStrawman blog, “I love Apple, Mac OS X is invulnerable and I’d jump off a cliff if Steve asked me to.” and “The Mac is utterly impregnable to attack. I’ll never switch to Windows or Ubuntu or something.” That sums up the thinking of most OS X users… a flawed sort of logic that really makes me believe that OS X is the new Linux… at least when it comes to cocky, arrogant, know-it-all users…. DaringFireball.net)
[Update] Page updated based on an error on my part... apparently OS X users can't let you live down a mistake... Now perhaps people will be willing to discuss the actual content instead of a silly mistake.... Unless they have no comment on the content.
[Update 2] I've added the text back in since it's apparently uncouth to remove it, and set it to strikethrough