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Linux to Mac and back again

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In March of this year I switched to OSX, running on a shiny new 17” MacBook Pro. I wrote about it here. I prepared myself for the change, and I was committed to giving it a fair shot for my computing time.

The initial feeling of running OSX was one just like driving a brand new car. Everything was shiny, worked well, and it had the new OS smell. Oh, there were some unsettling moments early on, like when I realized that the OS was not case-sensitive. ( Leopard ). But, overall it seemed like it was going to be UNIX enough for me. Don't get me wrong. There are plenty of people who know UNIX far better than I. I am just saying that it is my preferred environment, and as such, I expect UNIX to behave in a certain fashion. Now that I have given OSX a fair shot, I feel that I can properly give the OS a proper evaluation.

Working in OSX always felt like something was missing. The context switching of the menu bar with the application drove me crazy. I want one thing that is for my Windowing environment and the context of my apps to stay with my application. Of all the idiosyncrasies that come along for the ride with a MacBook + OSX that is the one that I could not overlook. Have you ever heard a Mac guy say “It just works!”? Well, they are lying.

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