Episode 42 – PC vs Mac | Apple comes down the mountain

Following Apple’s New MacBook announcement on Oct 27th 2016, we felt the need to discuss the matter of PC vs Mac again. Things have changed since last time (Relativepaths – 35-pc-versus-mac-versus-sandals). Then I was sure I was going to switch to Mac, but now I’m not so sure.

My Jukebox choice this time is ‘Rustling and Pure’ by Cass, a return to form from me after a few polarising picks. Ben’s choice is ‘Butterflies’ by Anchorsong. Both make their way onto the Relative Paths Playlist.

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The music we use for various intro bits, stings and outro is ‘Vitreous Detachment’ by Origamibiro, used with kind permission.

– Mark

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  • Leo Tindall

    Hello, it’s me, the annoying Linux user!

    I’m not going to go through the whole answer I did last time, because it’s still on the other post. I just want to ask one thing: Forget the 1990s quote about “Linux is only free if your time is worthless” and look up “elementary OS”.

    It’s a Linux distribution that keeps the flexibility of Linux (with a proper command line like Mac OS plus the ability to install huge amounts of free software) with a curated App Store-like software center like Mac OS.

    It’s got strict User Experience guidelines, like Mac OS, and inclusion in the Software Center requires stringent review. It’s got excellent hardware support for modern computer.

    It’s my platform of choice for gaming, development work, and pretty much everything else.


    A note about that quote: it was originally said in response to the launch of Fedora with practically no graphics hardware support. It’s not at all relevant anymore.
    Yes, installing a new operating system and getting used to it takes time. In the case of, say, Windows, that costs money as well; in the case of good Linux distributions like Ubuntu, elementary, Mint, and others, that only costs time, and perhaps a five pound USB drive.

    • Duly noted. And as I haven’t used Linux I didn’t mean to sound dismissive. I’ll mention your comment on an upcoming podcast. Actually, Linux could be a good subject for a Podcast. We’ll have a think about that.