Dave Winer doesn't like Leopard, the new Mac OS. He, and some of his friends think it's too much like Windows.
Talking with a friend a few days ago, he asked what I thought of Leopard. He had installed the new version, like me, the first day it came out. "I'm not liking it," I said. He said something that was simple, profound and revealing: "It's like Windows." It is. It's that unpleasant to use. It disappears for long periods of time. Systems that didn't used to crash now crash regularly. On one system three hard disks were rendered unusable, and I lost a couple of full days restoring them (luckily I had good backups). The user interface is quirky. The new networking interface is a big step backward. The firewall moved and lost features! That's simply never done, you don't charge customers to remove features, esp security features. I think Apple doesn't understand how many people depend seriously on their Macs.
It was a while ago, but I used a Mac for a few days once. You know what? I agreed with Dave. Using a Mac was just like Windows… but different enough to be frustrating. There didn't seem to me to be a huge advantage for what I needed to do, so I decided to invest my time and energy into something productive instead.
Leopard is just like Windows… or is that the other way around? Is anyone surprised?