OS X Leopard Better Than Linux

Lora Bentley

Steve Jobs has built a more successful Linux than Linus Torvalds, according to InformationWeek writer Alexander Wolfe:

Who knew that Apple's latest version of Mac OS X was knitted together from enough open-source software to give Linux a run for its money?... [I]t's astounding when you count up the number of open-source modules included in Leopard... For many of these, you can download an archive which includes deep technical information and/or source code.

Wolfe notes that the availability of the source code allows an enterprising developer to build his or her own "twist" on OS X just for the challenge. Unfortunately, on the flip side, it also gives malicious hackers a lot to work with.


While not all of OS X is public, the story says, there are many parts that Apple owes to outside developers -- not the least of which was the Mach kernel itself, on which the OS X kernel is based. This, Wolfe says, proves that the company

...[has] obviously figured out how to successfully build on the work of others, how to market that stuff, how to avoid internecine warfare and fanboy pointlessness. It also has demonstrated how to build a business where you can make real money.

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Nov 12, 2007 4:14 AM Richard Chapman Richard Chapman  says:
Well, I guess OS X has finally hit the big time. They've snatched the "crown" from their mighty competitor Linux. Yes, Linux. Who could have known that behind that face of aloof superiority lay the desperate envy of a Linux wannabe. They sure fooled me.Now that I am no longer using the best operating system that can be had, it's time to turn in all those bottles and cans and start feeding the kids lard sandwiches so I can save up enough money to buy a Mac. And now that Leopard is a better Linux than Linux, it has multiple desktops, right? Reply
Nov 13, 2007 10:15 AM John P John P  says:
The comment that open-source is vulnerable to hackers is na�ve. Open-source software has the advantage that many eyeballs will be peering at the code looking for vulnerabilities. Anyone who so desires can have a look. This is an advantage.I am tired of hearing about vulnerabilities in macs. It is completely uninteresting. How many compromised macs are there "in the wild?" There have not been any reports. Meanwhile, hundreds of thousands of compromised windows PCs are spewing spam and spreading malware. Have you heard the tale of the little boy who cried wolf? Reply
Nov 16, 2007 1:36 AM Mac User Mac User  says:
"And now that Leopard is a better Linux than Linux, it has multiple desktops, right?"Yes.http://www.apple.com/macosx/features/spaces.html Reply
Dec 3, 2007 3:54 AM afelipe afelipe  says:
I only quote from:http://www.informationweek.com/blog/main/archives/2007/11/apples_leopard_1.html"#Guestcommented on Nov 11, 2007 8:05:56 PMWrong.Linux gives its users freedoms. The freedom to use it however they want, the freedom to study and modify the source code, and the freedom to improve Linux and release those improvements to the world.Apple controls its users in every way possible. It forces its users to use AT&T, it prohibits its users from adding third party applications to the iPhone, and legally prevents its users from trying to improve the situation in any way.Don't compare Apple to Linux. They are two operating systems built on entirely different principles." Reply
Dec 14, 2007 7:51 AM ScottC ScottC  says:
The article is correct if you ignore the success of Linux in the server space. Reply
Aug 8, 2008 11:32 AM ss ss  says:
You are total lamers, people, sorry.FYI, OSX loses in everything to Linux: speed, stability, security. Reply
Oct 4, 2008 8:51 AM Alvin Alvin  says:
It's apparent that the author of this article really doesn't understand Linux or Linus Torvalds at all. Linus has expressed many times that he doesn't find Linux on the desktop all that interesting. Linux is a kernel, in and of itself it could never compete with OS X which is a full blown operating system. You could compare OS X to a Linux distribution like Ubuntu or Fedora, but even then it would be like comparing Apple to oranges (pun intended). Apple sells and controls the entire computing experience, hardware and software. Apple spends millions marketing it's products on national television. Linux distributions tend to drive a certain principle. Fedora seeks to be the completely free OS, free as in speech and beer. Ubuntu, seeks to be the most user-friendly Linux distribution. Very little spent marketing these distributions, any traction these OS's have made has been primarily word of mouth. Compare a Linux distribution such as Red Hat on a server, and OS X loses very quickly. I hate articles such as these, as they drive the conclusion that only one tool (any OS is merely a tool) has to be the best, whereas any good mechanic will tell you that you use the right tool for the job. Perhaps OS X is better than any Linux distribution on the desktop, and perhaps, a good Linux distribution is better than OS X on the server. Either way, I use all three Windows, OS X, and Fedora on my home computers, each has it's strength and weaknesses. Reply
Oct 26, 2008 2:26 AM Runtest Runtest  says:
Mac != Open SourceThustLinux > MacI don't care how friggin stable MAC THINKS they are. They are not published Open Source. They still suck and their OS still sucks. Mac is more unstable than Winbloze and that says something. Open Source Forever Reply
Oct 28, 2008 10:37 AM Dotan Mazor Dotan Mazor  says:
Lora,The Mac looks better, and "feels" better for the desktop user than Linux. Any user that used a Mac and Linux knows that.BUT...It's a fools' paradise, and a golden cage altogether. 1 way in, with no way out.The Mac + iPhone can be compared to carefully sculptured magnificent bush, that is placed behind a protective glass in a museum, whereas Linux is a wild garden full of diversity, that has a place for you to plant your favorite plants.Thanks for the article!Dotan Reply
Jul 3, 2009 4:52 AM syn syn  says:

Oh, so Apple comes out and admits that they've been selling what Linux has been giving away for free. (And frankly, doing a better job with.)

And the title is misleading and stupid. Apple is proprietary software, Linux distributions are free. You compared none of the actual aspects of either of the operating systems, just stated that Apple uses a lot of open source code. By stating that this makes it better than GNU/Linux is non sequitur, a logical fallacy.

So let's not make illogical assumptions, mmm?

Jul 3, 2009 5:23 AM syn syn  says: in response to Dotan Mazor

I dispute the idea that Mac looks better than GNU/Linux on the basis that Linux can look like anything it wants. It can even be identical to the Mac UI. Google: Mac4Lin. Besides, I'll take my sleek, KDE, Compiz-Fusion enabled Linux box over a nasty, plastic looking, clunky OS X interface any day.

Enjoy your ugly, default, unchangeable settings.

As for feeling better... no. If I want someone to have to hold my hand all the way through doing anything THEN I'll go get a Mac.

And I also reject your analogy. I'll give you one of my own: Apple computers are like a carefully sculpted bush inside a glass case that you can't get through. Linux is like a magnificent greenhouse, in which you can plant and grow whatever you like and prune what you don't.

Again, enjoy your default settings.


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