Read my last post to see my frustration with where our malevolent computing dictators are taking us.
So is it time to switch from Windows, to Linux or Unix, or Apple?
I do want an alternative to Windows 10; I want my Xerox PARC graphics interface back; anyone who want to use the ever changing ribbon, may do so, but give me back my original metaphor. And they can keep the rented, cloud apps.
#Apple still has the original metaphor they used from PARC. It has not changed much, but since they are using more homogeneous apps, they are bringing cloud apps to the MAC’s.
#Unix, (the BSD’s) appear to have totally given up on a desktop; too bad because I feel the FreeBSD line is a better OS, and the driver/application metaphor still conforms to the original Unix ideal of Keep It Simple Stupid. (KISS is relative, and with today’s command lines, and complex applications, this is not for the faint hearted). That is why I regret they have not gone after the desktop. They are the only follower of the Public Domain model (FreeBSD) model of software. Anyone can take software from anyone, and create a new free software app, or a commercial app.
#Linux has forgotten their Unix roots. No more KISS principle for them, no sireee. But they are still the champion of Open Source Software, in that you can take a free piece of software (source), develop it in to a new piece of software, as long as it is free. (there are exceptions, but I’m not sure how they get around the licensing).
#Microsoft is the behemoth of the lot, and they think, and do as they please. Customers are there to skin for profits. Soon Windows will be a cloud desktop only; don’t believe them when they tell you it will not.
So which way forward for the independent minded person?
The MS model is going Azzure, no doubt. Even development tools are headed that way. You want you kids to learn computing? Sure, they’ll learn the framework way; they will be the legions of the Azzure gods, not able to use an off-network computer, because, it won’t be connected.
Unix, unfortunately is still foundering and trying to decide what they want to be when they grow up. I’ve tried volunteering to help, but each time I brought up an idea, I was viciously attacked for suggesting… …anything.
Apple is too expensive. I use iPhones and iPads, but I do not want a pre-configured, proprietary hardware to run my desktop on, even if it still is PARC compliant.
Linux seems to be the best alternative. I’ve played with may versions of Linux, from the red fedora, perhaps now it will be a blue fedora and others. I still found SuSE to be the best for a Windows replacement. It is still terse to configure, however the YAST configuration tool gives me a menu or GUI driven way to configure most user level constructs. It offers every Desktop you may want, my preference is #MateDesktop, with the original Novell-like menu. It maintains a traditional START metaphor.
But it is still missing software that should be mainstream, and there are so many Desktops to make your head spin. (Use #MATE).
Well, that’s it for now. Talk to you hopefully sooner than a year from now.