A month ago Tim Bray and Mark Pilgrim torched off a mini-firestorm in the blogosphere by announcing that they were switching away from Mac OS X to Ubuntu.
Hawk Wings covered it because of Mail.app’s central role in Mark Pilgrim’s decision to switch away.
Now Tim Bray is almost having second thoughts. He has posted a list of things that Mac OS X does better and things that Ubuntu does better. Mac OS X wins out in some important areas.
Mail.app and iCal don’t fare so well though:
I have so had it with Apple applications. A couple weeks with Thunderbird made it obvious I should have long since dumped Mail.app. Every week iCal gets slower and every week I hate it more. When I was on Ubuntu, I maintained my schedule by typing it into a plain-text document in Emacs, and that was so much less painful.
No love lost there!
Given that the Mac vs. Ubuntu debate got caught up in the unrelated “proprietary vs. open format” issue, perhaps the most interesting sentence in the post is this:
now that Iâ€™ve realized that I can have a decent application suite that doesnâ€™t lock up my data and runs on whatever OS/Hardware, my desire to get off the Mac has moderated.
- Mark Pilgrim’s Ubuntu/Ze Frank/WinFS/Apple mash-up
- Mail.app on Mac trumps Ubuntu hands down
- John Gruber, Mark Pilgrim, Mail.app and openness
- What if: Opening up Mail.app
- Mark Pilgrim and Mail.app’s “Save As…” function
Tags: Apple, Apple Mail, iCal, Linux, mac, Mac OS X, mail.app, switching, ubuntu