[lbo-talk] Desktop Publishing for people who don't know what they are doing

Fernando Cassia fcassia at gmail.com
Sun Apr 10 06:39:24 PDT 2011

On Sat, Apr 9, 2011 at 11:31 AM, Andy <andy274 at gmail.com> wrote:
> Macs are taking over the scientific desktop market, and now that I
> have one it's easy to see why -- it's a decent gui that works pretty
> seamlessly with the unix backend, and you have all your favorite unix
> tools with 40 years of development behind them available.  Linux still
> is the choice for heavy lifting, though.

I like your choice of words... "Linux still is". Yeah right, and will continue to be.

If you want Unix why not go FreeBSD or NetBSD?. FreeBSD and NetBSD, as far as I know, have both KDE and Gnome, both very mature and user-friendly desktop environments which have evolved and were perfected over the last 14+ years on all *x platforms (BSD, Linux, Solaris Unix), plus all the usual open source applicatons we´ve come to rely on: Firefox web browser, Thunderbird e-mail, OpenOffice, K3B for CD/DVD burning, VLC as media player, etc.

Plus it comes without the attached strings that hook you up to the Apple money-sucking machine.

Oh, wait, there´s more:

------ Mach, which Apple has adopted for Mac OS X, puts anything that accesses hardware into the microkernel. Under Mach's philosophy, XFree86 still shouldn't be a user process. (...). This arrangement is a good business argument for Apple funding mkLinux: all the drivers for their proprietary hardware, thus much of the code they funded, stays inside Mach, where it's covered by a more favorable (to them) license. ------ http://www.linuxjournal.com/article/6105

Or, you could also go "where the action is at" and run a bleeding-edge Linux like RedHat´s Fedora.


Or Ubuntu, for that matter, if you prefer the dumbed-down, hand-holding experience. There´s no shortage of scientific software on Linux... including Maple.

Just my $0.02 FC

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