I had to laugh at the crazy talk that come out of this entry that two ‘important’ alpha geeks switched to Linux.
I am sure a lot more than 2 people have switched from Mac to Linux in the recent months, and that is just fine. I think there is room for Linux geeks.
Apple is going mainly for the mass market. My family has switched because they get an out of the box experience that works, is simple, and doesn’t get a million viruses in 30 minutes online.
The fact that a lot of geeks have become Apple users is a nice side effect, and definitely important for Apple.
I think that the perfect Apple geek is one that:
- Also wants a nice experience
- Wants to be able to be a power user without having to install cygwin and such
- Maybe wants to have unix below so the prod environment can be similar at least [this is the case for me. dev on mac, prod on linux works great for me]
- Doesn’t want to recompile kernels, or pray for drivers to work
I know that Linux has come a long way. I still remember having to muck around with my Xconfig to get the damn monitor to close to work. As someone who has had Mac, Windows, and UltraSPARC desktops in recent years, I also appreciate something on why people have switched to Mac, and to Linux, and to …
HUMANS CAN GET BORED.
Windows has barely changed. This is a good thing in that you can get productive on it. It is a bad thing if you happen to just be plain bored and want to try something else out.
In the past Linux was such a commitment. Mac OS X was instantly gratifying and fun.
Unless you are Cedric. There is no hope if you prefer Google Desktop Search to Quicksilver ;)