I worked at Apple, retail, for a few years in the early 2000’s. One of my first days actually was the iPhone 3G launch, and it was bananas. Good times and the energy of the store was just awesome.
Prior to working at Apple and using Mac OS, I was a pretty hardcore Linux user. The last time I primarily used Windows was Windows XP SP2 (service pack 2). I remember doing a complete reformat once a month, Erase-and-install in Mac terms.
My computer desk with littered with Live CDs and numerous 3.5″ floppy disks with Linux distros. From recollection I tried:
- DSL ( Damn Small Linux )
- Fox Linux
- Suse – now called OpenSuse
- Fedora ( Redhat based distribution)
I’m fairly sure I’m missing a few.
I really loved Unix based OSs. The community had it’s quirks. Definitely a RTFM vibe at all times.
You were constantly encouraged to explore, hack, compile and of course share what you learned. There’s not much hand holding in the Linux community. Which makes overcoming a bug that much more satisfying.
I believe it was 2008 when I bought my first Mac, a pre-unibody Macbook (late 2008 model). The one where the top case cracked every 6 months but luckily Apple acknowledged the issue and always issued a replacement free of charge.
That’s it – from then on I have never used anything else since Mac OS X 10.4 (Tiger). Leopard was awesome because it brought in multiple desktops (spaces) which I had became accustom to on most flavors of Linux.
Mac OS X just works, plain and simple. It’s short comings are so minor that in the grand scheme of things they’re non-existent.
As I’ve gotten older, and now have kids my time for tinkering at the kernel level is so little. Though at times it can be fun, there’s just a billion other things I could be doing. I remember at one point changing config files, updating repositories and pulling in packages just to play certain video file types (.wmv).
Having a machine and it’s OS just work the way it should is now what I rely on. For this reasoning alone I pretty opposed to even considering another type of Computer or OS.