apt-get install macosx

Dear Mark,

Please let me know when I can use Synaptic to install Mail, Safari, NetNewsWire, MarsEdit, iChat, Address Book, iCal, Preview, iTunes, iPhoto, Time Machine, TaskPaper, TextMate, Xcode, Yojimbo. Acorn, Automator, Dictionary, DVD Player, Front Row, Spaces, Exposé, the Dock, Finder, Garage Band, iMovie, Pages, Keynote, OmniGraffle, Transmit, Twitterific, and Xtorrent.

I’ll be waiting here, with my translucent menu bar, plus everything above. Hoping to hear from you soon.


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5 Responses to “apt-get install macosx”

  1. keith Says:

    i understand that you were trying to be witty (it didn’t work) but next time maybe you should try making a coherent argument instead of listing desktop apps in response to a posting about installing SERVER software. (apples vs. oranges)

  2. Evan DiBiase Says:

    Keith, I’m glad you didn’t find the post witty—I didn’t intend it to be so. If you had read Mark’s post more carefully, perhaps you would have seen this part:

    Your Ubuntu “desktop” is fully capable of installing and running hundreds of different “server” programs.

    The point I was trying to make was simply that it’s all well and good to have an easy way to install a particular server program, but that I’d rather have all of the apps listed above (and have to install MySQL the “hard” way, in a virtual machine, or on another system) than to have an easy MySQL installation and upgrade experience, but an, IMHO, totally unsatisfying desktop experience.

  3. Mark Says:

    You amuse me. Half of those apps are the very reason I switched away from Mac in the first place. See http://diveintomark.org/archives/2006/06/02/when-the-bough-breaks and http://diveintomark.org/archives/2006/06/16/juggling-oranges for background.

    Enjoy your “DVD Player”, though. That’s classic.

  4. Evan DiBiase Says:

    Sorry to hear that half the apps are the reason you switched away. It’s possible to apt-get install the other half of them on Ubuntu, then?

    Also, regarding DVD Player: I’m glad to hear that it’s now both easy and legal for me to watch encrypted DVDs under Ubuntu. How does one go about doing that?

  5. Evan DiBiase Says:

    Eh, and before I get too far down the path of defending this post, I guess I should say that I totally don’t begrudge you the right to switch back to Linux. I’ve been following your blog since before those links you posted above, and it sounds like you have legitimate reasons for wanting to switch.

    But, for my tastes, Linux is great for the server, and about only half-done as a desktop. That’s what this post was trying to say—it’s great if you can easily install server things on your desktop in Ubuntu, but it’s not so great if Ubuntu isn’t a desktop you’d touch with a ten-foot pole in the first place.

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