The switch to OS X is going well. I finally downloaded and installed
OpenOffice. Other than it taking
a year to start up, and requiring X, it’s doing fine so far. I just
opened up a gigantic Word doc and it handled it fine. It reads the fonts
OK (although without anti-aliasing), and only slightly munges tables. I
think I can live with it. For someone who uses Word or Excel all the
time, it might not be a good solution, but I only open Word when I
absolutely have to in order to read product requirement docs, and only
open Excel when I get reports – which isn’t very often. I write all my
docs in HTML.
The Powerbook is straining under the weight of the dual displays and all
these open apps, but it’s not bad enough yet to consider moving to the
big machine. I am loving having two monitors hooked up to one machine.
It makes things so much nicer. I have an old SGI monitor with a digital
input, so I may try hooking my Quiksilver up to that (it’s an 867 with a
ton of RAM, so it should handle better than this, but then I’d have to
install all the toys I’ve put on the Powerbook which could take days).
My computing environment is completely free of Microsoft’s influence
now. I no longer worry about what info my computer is sending back to
the “MotherShip”. This may not bother most people, and if it doesn’t
bother you, then by all means, use XP. It bugs the living crap out of
me. It’s my computer. It’s not Microsoft’s computer. I bought and
used Microsoft’s software, but it’s still my machine. Microsoft
has no business knowing what I have installed or how often I use those
programs. What else does my computer tell Microsoft when I’m not
looking? Does it send them the names of the documents on my computer?
Does it send them the list of e-mail addresses I have in my address
book? With them, there’s no way to know because everything is a black
box. In OS X, it’s just BSD with a
pretty face. If I wanted to, I could get under the covers and see
exactly what’s going on. Not so with Microsoft products.
This is why Open Source will ultimately win. It’s not because it’s
inherently better. It’s not because it’s geek friendly. We’re (ok, by we
I mean me) tired of being lied to and manipulated. We’re tired of
spyware. We’re tired of prohibitive licensing and insane software
prices. We’re tired of being told with the products we’ve purchased.
We’re tired of being treated like criminals. I don’t steal music or
software. But, the software and music I buy, I want to be able to use as
I see fit. I want to rip the cd’s so I can listen to them at work
without having to bring the CD everywhere.
Whew… Ok, I’m done.