It came a time when I could not avoid Mac at my work. Finally, they bring a Mac and ordered me to use it. Being a linux user, thought came to my mind “thank God it’s not windows”.
Ok, I got my new Mac machine, want it or not, I have to use it. At first glimpse, it is nice. Interface looks like Gnome (not my favorite), but it has nice silverish theme. Application just works. Installation of new applications is somewhere between windows’ way and linux’s way:
- You need to find it (window’s way)
- Copy it to application folder (neither windows nor linux way)
- No restart needed (Linux way – and all steps can be made from command line as well)
That is little odd, because MacOSX is based on FreeBSD or some similar Unix which one can take code, change it, claim it and close it.
What can I say… Applications just work. Configuring VPN (which I had a bit of trouble in Linux) is fool-proof. Mac works on “autopilot” under the hood. Applications are nice, well designed and full of features. Swell.
Then came initial nightmare: Shortcuts. Everything is completely different than windows and linux. Editing text shortcuts are different also. When I press END button, it should go to the end of line. Here goes to the end of document and end of line is COMMAND + ->. Very annoying. However, I will get used to it in few days. I was already prepared for initial frustrations. Mac is not Linux, and difference should be appreciated.
However, one thing I didn’t like. You must use your Mac in a way that Apple decided it should be used. If you just want something different, well, you can’t.
You cannot change the place of the menu, you cannot have taskbar, you cannot place another panel on the desktop, you cannot rotate icons, you cannot, cannot, cannot, cannot… whatever you think of changing, you cannot do it. It simply must look that way.
Mac is wonderful OS where I can do any job that I want, cannot change anything I want about how things are done, and generally feels like my freedom was taken away.
Apart from that, it’s absolutely lovely.
P.S. All negative aspects of MacOSX, are about a thousand times better than in any version of Microsoft Windows I have used so far (used it all save 3.11 and w7).