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Linux or Mac?

Ben Souther
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Why?
If Linux, which?


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fred rosenberger
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i would have to answer with "it depends". just like java vs. C/C++, or a hammer vs. a saw, linux and MacOS are tools. you should always choose the right tool for the right job.

so, what are you trying to do?


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David O'Meara
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There is a new version of Ubuntu coming out on the 24th. (Personally) the last version was the turning point for providing a friendly Windows alternative. I'm looking forward to 8.04
Sonny Gill
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I switched to Mac about 6 months ago after having used Linux for a few years.

The main reason for that was the hassle of getting things working on a Linux notebook. Even if it saves me a day every 6 months, it is worth it.

I used to think that if I were to get another desktop, I would go with Linux. But after using Mac for past few months, I think I will go for a Mac desktop too. I can't give any concrete reasons for that, but it is just more fun to use a Mac.
..and the new iMacs are sleek, I am wishing that I need a desktop soon


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Ernest Friedman-Hill
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Ben,

Depends on what you like to do. Some people *like* to tinker. I certainly used to. If you like to tinker, Linux will be better because you can get to *everything*. If, on the other hand, you like things to "just work", then the Mac is ideal. This extends to pretty much everything about the two systems: the hardware, the OS, and the applications.

Me? I use both


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Bear Bibeault
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If you need the Rhino engine of Java 6, the developer preview for OS X doesn't have that yet.

Otherwise, it's Mac all the way for me. I hate tinkering -- I've got work to do.
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marc weber
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I don't even know if I'm "qualified" to use Linux. I suppose I could figure it out, given enough time. But I've never enjoyed getting under the hood -- neither with my cars, nor my computers. I just want to go, and that's why I use Macs.


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Gregg Bolinger
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Since 90% of what I do on the computer is java related I don't care what OS I use. That said, I use Ubuntu.


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Ulf Dittmer
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Originally posted by Bear Bibeault:
If you need the Rhino engine of Java 6, the developer preview for OS X doesn't have that yet.

Not sure if this means you're interested in using that, but the Jakarta BSF 3.0 beta contains Java 1.4-compatible versions of the javax.scripting API and the Rhino bindings.


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