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Windows 7: Learning OS X Lion: A dreadful experience

11 Aug 2011   #1
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Learning OS X Lion: A dreadful experience

You may want to read this before you entertain the purchase of an Apple system.

Learning OS X Lion: A dreadful experience for a PC user, but is it worth it? | ZDNet
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12 Aug 2011   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1

i know exactly what this guy is talking about, it's a mental nightmare to get used to the shortcuts/keyboard/mouse functions, it's like learning how to use a computer again.

but on a lighter note, i was teaching a mac user how to use a magic trackpad last week
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12 Aug 2011   #3


Same could be said for jumping into linux - that's another world by comparison.

Conversely, Mac users would feel just as lost moving to windows.

All I really got from this article was that the writer was curious about OSX, wanted a pretty laptop, was prepared to pay the price and was somehow subsequently shocked that "OMG It's different and I don't like it" but at least it's pretty.
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17 Aug 2011   #4
Coke Robot

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

Well, instead of having a mac to learn the operating system, just use a ubuntu live cd and it's a lot like the user experience of a mac, expect there isn't apple crap everywhere.
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19 Aug 2011   #5

Windows 7 64bit Home Premium Enhanced

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Coke Robot View Post
Well, instead of having a mac to learn the operating system, just use a ubuntu live cd and it's a lot like the user experience of a mac, expect there isn't apple crap everywhere.

Use PC-BSD. In many respects it's even more like a Mac than Ubuntu is because it's BSD - Mac OSX is based on BSD. I'm typing this from PC-BSD's Hubble ver 8.2 right now. I'm going through the same thing that guy is going through except it's not so bad. It's not any harder than learning a new program.

Why am I on a PC-BSD ( which is a BSD type system) OS? Well, I have played with lots of Linux distros and I got tired of all their sameness. I spent 4 days getting Mac OSX Snow Leopard working on my system in a virtual machine and played with it a few days. I really liked some of the way Mac does things. Then I remember reading it had roots in BSD so i started looking for a BSD that was good for a desktop user.

My searches led me to PC-BSD which is actually FreeBSD but it's geared to the desktop user. FreeBSD is more geared to be a server. I LOVE This OS. It's fast, very stable and accept for windows games, I can do anything with it I can do in Windows - just like Linux - This thing will even play apps made for Linux.

It comes with KDE which is a windows like desktop environment, and you can add more desktop environments too for different functionality, look and feel. All the desktop environments are very customizable so you can make the look and feel the way you like. For a windows user, this is like getting an OS with Stardocks Windows Blinds and Object Desktop built in with a fancy desktop theme program on top. (Linux has these "DE's" too)

So now, I'm learning this Hubble and beta testing their upcoming next hot looking version called Isotope. I think I'm going to use these for everything else and just use Windows 7 for games. Yes, it's got a learning curve, but it's not as hard as Linux and looks as good as Windows 7 IMO.

But why do it when you already have a good working OS? Just for a change of pace, to try something different, maybe learn something too.
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19 Aug 2011   #6

Windows 7 X64 Professional

Left Windows at Windows 98. Spent over 12 years on a Mac. Totally bought into the whole "It just works" myth. By the way, in my experience, they don't just work. I had nothing but problems. I have never seen a BSOD on any of my Windows machines. "Kernel panics" were a common occurrence on the Mac.

Anyhow, in all that time, the one thing I never could get used to was the window control buttons being in the upper left. It's the reason I stopped using Ubuntu when they switched the buttons to the left. The buttons are supposed to be in the upper right...PERIOD!

Oh, yeah. There's that whole "unified menu" B.S. too.
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