aTypical Joe: a gay New Yorker living in the rural South
Sunday, July 09, 2006
Ubuntu, Windows & Mac
While digging a hole for a new patio in the yard yesterday I listened to CNet Buzzcasters Tom and Molly (hate the morning drive-time radio format) gush that Mark Pilgrim and Cory Doctorow‘s switch to the Ubuntu flavor of Linux was a big deal for Apple.
Apple’s interest in nerd’s (Tom tells us that Tim O’Reilly thinks “nerd’s cooler than ‘geek’ these days") is about as genuine as it’s interest in education: they’re happy to claim credit for attracting and nurturing these niches while doing nothing of substance to support them.
My take is that Apple’s a proud member of the content cartel lusting after fame and fortune in Hollywood. I imagine that if it had its druthers it would happily be a “21st Century Fox” networked content distributor (uh, yes, I know, it is that now). But let’s go with the notion of the iNetwork for a moment.
Ted Turner invented cable networks when he put TBS on satellite; HBO invented pay cable when it became the first non-terrestrial broadcast TV network. Might Apple’s future be that they become the breakthrough iNetwork and invent individual series syndication online?
But back to Ubuntu. I’ve been a Mac user since 1987 (a few years behind Cory) sometimes more heavily than others, typically defined by the platform I’m using at work. At the moment work’s leaning towards Mac, so I’m an enthusiastic Mac user.
Not officially a nerd, I have been interested to stay facile on both the Mac and Windows platforms. Not that long ago I added Ubuntu to the mix and have been as enthusiastic about it as they come. So now, at home, I have all three - Windows, Ubuntu and Mac. The one nearest and dearest to my heart and way worthy of evangelizing? Ubuntu.
BONUS POINT: Molly says Windows Vista will be way better than expected. Well yeah, it better be, given how low expectations are.