[Openmcl-devel] 1.8 prerelease

Ron Garret ron at flownet.com
Tue Mar 13 13:43:29 UTC 2012


Because the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few.

Or, if you want to be cynical about it, because at the end of the day Darwin prevails, and so rent-seeking trumps platonic ideals.

rg

On Mar 12, 2012, at 11:07 PM, Mark H. David wrote:

> Why are all OS's getting worse?!
> 
> On 3/12/2012 8:39 PM, Brian Mastenbrook wrote:
>> On Mar 12, 2012, at 7:15 PM, Ron Garret wrote:
>> 
>> 
>>> +1.  I fear Snow Leopard may be my last Apple OS.  I may have to switch to Linux.  Apple seems to be intent on becoming the new Microsoft.  :-(
>>> 
>> A word of advice: if you're going to do that, you may as well keep running OS X and run Linux inside VirtualBox. It's hard to notice a difference in performance, and it'll save you from fighting the increasingly-broken Linux hardware drivers (especially as concerns X) while providing much better battery life. I'd also recommend going with one of the alternative or lightweight distributions like Xubuntu, since the latest versions of the mainline distributions have gone off the rails too. (Just as an example, Ubuntu now uses a Mac-like global menu bar, but the menu bar is hidden until you move the mouse over it! And despite the global menu bar model, there's no notion of a running app without any windows open -- though Lion doesn't seem to do that either; both Preview and TextEdit quit immediately if I switch to another app and don't have any document windows open.)
>> 
>> You can also run the VM in the background and use X to run specific programs. If you're interested, I've got a little bit of launchd magic which I use for this; it starts the VM when I boot the Mac and suspends it when the Mac shuts down or reboots. Sleeping the Mac works fine; when the machine resumes, the VirtualBox time sync daemon on the guest picks up the time change right away. When idle, the guest uses less than 1% of the CPU on a 2.0GHz Core 2 Duo.
>> 
>> --
>> Brian Mastenbrook
>> 
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>> http://brian.mastenbrook.net/
>> 
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