Monthly Archives: March 2007

Windows XP Is A Toy

I was at a mate’s house the other night and helped transferring data from his old PC running Windows XP to his new MacBook and was amazed by just how much better Mac OS X looks compared to Windows XP (and to be fair, Gnome).

Mac OS X

Everything from the toolbar buttons, the task bar, the clock, and the window borders just look so much more polished. In comparison, Windows XP looks like a toy:

Windows XP

I know it’s not fair to compare the latest Mac OS X to the aging Windows XP, but even back in the days, Mac OS X was a much more compelling alternative if you cared about looks (which I shamelessly do). And anyway, Mac OS X looks better than Windows Vista too.

By the way, my friend who bought a MacBook is as far from a computer geek you can get. All he uses a computer for is basically instant messaging and downloading stuff. So it was nice to see him think outside the box and get a Mac instead of a PC. I had nothing to do with that (if anything, I’d probably recommended Linux).

Desktop Java and Desktop Linux: A Match Made in Heaven?

[Both] Linux and Java benefit from using Java on the Linux desktop, since both of them want the same thing, and can mutually contribute towards the same goal. Both Linux and Java want greater desktop market share. Java can give this to Linux by providing a more productive, more secure, and easier to debug platform for writing applications, as well a platform so that applications written in it can also run on Windows. This helps protect the developer’s investment in a minority platform when it comes to the desktop. And Linux has something to offer Java as well: a second chance at becoming a major player in the desktop application arena. Linux is slowly but surely gaining desktop market share. Java can help it grow, and also grow with it. It could be that desktop Java and desktop Linux are a match made in heaven.

Downloading OpenSUSE 10.3 Alpha 1

Ubuntu has started to bore me lately. Nothing really new and exciting seems to be added to Feisty. And they just can’t seem to ditch the brown.

Ubuntu Feisty Fawn Herd 5 Desktop

I actually installed OpenSUSE before (I think it was 10.1) but I quickly went back to Ubuntu again. However, I can’t really remember why I didn’t like OpenSUSE so I’ll try it again. After reading about the progress of the new Gnome main menu, I don’t mind the hassle of installing it one more time.

OpenSUSE 10.3 Alpha 1 Main Menu