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Apple geeks defect to Ubuntu

DRM and the rest
Thu Jul 06 2006, 08:53
THE MAC community is reeling in total disbelief after two of its greatest advocates have announced that they are dumping the system and moving to Ubuntu.

Cory Doctorow, sci-fi writer, who is the Co-Editor of Boing Boing, was such an Apple nerd he had a logo tattooed on his arm. The other is software developer and writer Mark Pilgrim.

Pilgrim said that the Apple's DRM and proprietary file formats were becoming a huge problem for him. This have been part of the Mac platform since iPods started becoming popular. He added that software from Apple is generally inferior to third-party GPL software.

Cory Doctorow said that now installed hardware is point for point comparable, he couldn't see a Macbook as being a superior to a Lenovo Thinkpad with the same hardware configuration. Apples are still reassuringly expensive, but when compared with other laptops, they do the same things.

Ubuntu using GNOME is like the Mac OS Classic, so the switch was nice and easy, he said. µ

Shock. Horror


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