If you take a look at the comments to this Onlineblog entry, Jack Schofield finally admits what anyone with eyes has known for ages: his constant, irritating policy of mentioning Apple at every opportunity in a derogatory way is simple trolling! Or, as he puts it, “Yes, fair comment. I’m a troll, tollderoll…”
I’ve been playing around with Apple’s recently released implementation of X11 for Mac OS X, and in combination with Fink it’s a fantastically powerful piece of software. All of a sudden, a huge slew of Unix applications just work nicely with OS X, and – most impressive of all – there is almost no performance hit from using an X11 app.
A prime example is AbiWord, an open source word processing package that includes many nice features, and is very easy to use. Downloading, installing and running it using X11 and Fink is easy, and on a subjective level it’s faster than Microsoft Word, which, of course, runs natively on the Mac.
At the moment, X11 apps are still not intergrated well enough with OS X to be usable for the majority of Mac users. But they will undoubtedly have an impact on the OS X software market. When you have XChat, why pay for a shareware IRC client? When Gimp is free, why pay for GraphicConvertor? At the moment, because these apps are real native ones, ease of use means going for them. but one day, that won’t be the case.
Robert Cringely has a great piece on the changing relationship between Apple and Microsoft.
…but still sweet. Chimera gains Rendezvous support.
Semi-fix for the bookmarklet issue is detailed in the comments to Mena’s review of the new browser.
Changes to the core KDE code made by the Safari engineers is listed here. Predictably, there’s a lot.
Boo! The Movable Type bookmarklets don’t appear to work with Safari – anyone got it working?
Can someone explain to me why Jack Schofield thinks that the Mac is a proprietary system while Windows isn’t? Has Windows gone open source while I wasn’t watching? Or, in fact, does Microsoft still own it lock, stock and barrel, keeping the source code to itself?
I refer to Dictionary.com’s definition: “Owned by a private individual or corporation under a trademark or patent”. I think that covers Windows.
Very interesting post over on Motley Fool about the lack of a coherent business model for Apple’s retail stores. The short version: thanks to some interesting accounting practices, it’s extremely difficult to tell if the retail stores are making money, or indeed if they will ever make money.