Re: debian on a mac?
"Monique" == Monique Y Herman <firstname.lastname@example.org> writes:
Monique> I do love how rapidly debian releases security updates to
Monique> their packages -- this is one area where I suspect that
Monique> Apple isn't as industrious as debian? Don't know about
Monique> the fink maintainers ...
I don't use fink enough to make an accurate statement, but my guess is
that it works like Debian's testing/unstable distributions as far as
Monique> Also, I hate to be a cheapskate, but my understanding is
Monique> that using OS X involves paying for a mondo patch every
Monique> year or so. Apparently the features in the patch are
Monique> generally worth every penny, but it's still money that
Monique> could be going elsewhere.
The OS X patches (security etc.) don't cost money. There is a GUI tool
that does the equivalent of a 'apt-get update' and 'apt-get
upgrade'. Never had to pay any money until now. Going to 10.3 is a
different matter, and I have idea when I'll be *forced* to do so.
Monique> Then of course there's the not-open-ness of the Apple
Monique> software ... I can't claim to be a true open-source snob;
Monique> I definitely use closed-source apps when necessary. But
Monique> it is definitely a factor, as I'd like to move away from
Monique> closed-source stuff (when it's not too painful, anyway).
Your reasoning is exactly why my own machine runs Debian. I really
don't like Apple's licensing. The only difference between them and
Microsoft is that Apple doesn't own the world.
>> I'd suggest you try OS X if you buy a Mac before you give up
>> and go to Debian or some other Linux distribution. OS X is a
>> Unix (it even comes with emacs, vi and ed out of the box), but
>> just a little wierd.
Monique> If I can find vim for it, that may be a possibility.
or, to make it more interesting, on the Power Book I see (with fink)
% apt-cache search vim
kvim - KDE - interface to the vim editor
vim - Improved version of the editor "vi"
vim-nox - Improved version of the editor "vi"
I'm going to stay off this thread from here on - this is really off
topic for debian-user discussion since fink is not Debian in any way.