Why Linux is More Practical Than OS X: Page 2

The Linux vs. Mac debate goes beyond what platform is theoretically “better.”


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Desktop environments

I've told folks in the past that if I could simply have greater choice in desktop environments on OS X, I'd be far more likely to advocate OS X. Sadly, outside of tweaking finder and your wallpaper, customization is limited.

With the Linux desktop, the opposite is the case. If anything, some might even argue we have "too much" choice in our desktop environments. The level in which Linux users can customize their desktop experience is pretty frightening. And for newbies, this could seem overwhelming when selecting a distribution.

How others feel about both an abundance or lack of choice in how their desktop is laid out depends on their personal needs. But if choice in desktop experiences is something you value, then I suspect OS X isn't a great match.

Practicality in terms of value

For years now, I've heard that using OS X is easier than other operating systems. And while I agree they have some very strong software titles, the belief that it's easier is pure nonsense. It's finely tuned, well put together and works as advertised – yes. But when we remove the usual hurdles that prevent someone from using Linux, such as installation and troubleshooting, Linux is not more difficult to use than OS X.

Most people using OS X (non-geeks) retain help from either their local genius bar or perhaps over the phone with via Apple Support. Sadly, Linux users lack any sort of reliable local assistance since techs would prefer users running Windows. So while it's easier to find support for OS X locally, I've found that running Linux is more practical overall.

Linux on the desktop avoids planned obsolescence and allows the end user to customize their computing experience to meet their needs. Linux also avoids the use of special ID logins to re-install software. There is also something to be said about having physical media for installing your operating system.

Unless there are specific applications required, such as Adobe software products, the only reason one would need to buy a Mac is because tech support is easier to come by. Fact check folks – only geeks installs operating systems or sets up new hard drives.

If Linux distributions had the same level of consumer tech support available that Windows and OS X does, we'd see adoption number exploding. I ought to know – any machine I support runs Linux. And each of those individuals being supported by me love the fact that they don't have to upgrade their hardware every two years.

What say you? Are you a Mac user? If so, how do you justify the Mac experience over the Linux experience I described above? Understanding that in 2015 hardware and peripheral support is no longer an excuse, is it the software that keeps you on OS X? Hit the Comments and share your thoughts.

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