Keith Martin ha scritto:
> Sometime around 31/12/07 (at 12:47 +0100) Fulvio Senore said:
>> It looks like most Mac users are used to sit and wait until someone else
>> does the work. If everybody sits waiting nothing will be done.
> As a Mac user and an occasional software tool-maker myself I can see
> both sides of this issue. And I'm afraid I don't think it is at all
> helpful to label groups of people like this. For one thing, it is far
> too general. And for another, it risks becoming flamebait, which I'm
> sure we don't really want here.
Yes, labeling whole groups of people is never a good idea, but the
problem (if it is a problem) with Mac users is that they are Mac users
(sorry for the joke).
It was not meant as an insult, it is simply a matter of facts.
Just think why most people buy a Mac instead of another computer.
Most computer users use Windows. They are so many that it is relatively
easy to find developers that volunteer to build a package.
Linux users are much much less than Windows users, but Linux is chosen
by a lot of people who has technical knowledge, so it is easy to find
Macs are well known for being easy to use and working well, so they are
likely to be chosen by people who are not interested in programming:
they just want a tool to do their work, and they want a good and simple
tool. Macs are expensive, so students cannot afford them, and students
are a large part of open source developers. Mac users also are much much
less than Windows users, so it is difficult to find somebody that will
work at an open source project.
I am not saying that Macs are bad, I am saying that they are so good
that their typical user lacks technical knowledge but still can use them
I am starting to develop for OSX and I am really surprised of how good
is that platform. There are a lot of things to learn, but they are worth
learning. It is really a pity that the user base is so small compared to
Maybe Vista will help a lot of people to try OSX, like I have done, and
maybe in the future the typical user base of OSX will change and become
larger. It surely deserves more popularity.