Monday, June 21, 2004

OS X Made Difficult

Microsoft's Matt Evans tells a horror story about fixing his sister-in-law's G3 machine after a system update installed a dodgy driver. Talk about an eye-opening experience!

Half of the stuff he describes won't even begin to make sense to the average person who's never dealt with Unix much at command-line level - suffice to say that while OS X does a great job of hiding the fiendish complexity of having a hybrid of NeXTStep and MacOS resting on top of FreeBSD from the user most of the time, there will be occasions on which the underlying complexity will need to be grappled with to get things going again. In a way this shouldn't be surprising: how realistic is it to expect the power of a modern operating system without any of the accompanying complexity?

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