[talk] Ask Slashdot: Workaday Software For BSD On the Desktop?

Scott Robbins scottro at nyc.rr.com
Fri Nov 21 18:34:04 EST 2014

On Fri, Nov 21, 2014 at 05:58:20PM -0500, George Rosamond wrote:
> Scott Robbins:
> > On Fri, Nov 21, 2014 at 01:55:28PM -0800, Pete Wright wrote:
> >>
> >>
> >> On 11/21/14 11:17, Scott Robbins wrote:
> >>> On Fri, Nov 21, 2014 at 09:49:31AM -0800, Pete Wright wrote:
> >>>>

(Pete wrote)
> >>
> >> you sure?  having a company like apple develop against a unix'y
> >> system is pretty helpful.  for example the list of software here is
> >> all being used by/patched by apple:
> >> https://www.apple.com/opensource/

(I, Scott, wrote)

> > 
> > Good point, that I overlooked.  
> > 
> Something got lost here.  Or my reading comprehension is poor.

> Pete brought up OSX users as a group that "uses Unix."  Well, yes, if
> you count the fees included in formally making that statement and the
> lot of its origins, userland, etc.
> But I would almost put them in the same boat as Ubuntu-esque Linux
> users.  They don't know there's a shell on the box/device, well, outside
> of Spork's picture.  We were talking about the paths of today's "Unix
> users."  I see most OSX users in much the same light: we're alternative
> rebels against Windows.. .or at least they used to act like that,
> without much more depth.

I think what Pete means is that all those OS X users make vendors worry
about Apple, and Apple worry about supporting its users, sometimes creating
things that can be used by the BSDs.  I don't pretend to speak for Pete,
but that is what I took away from it.

Scott Robbins
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