Over the last few months I’ve been using a few different operating systems. Either for work or at home. I’m currently running Solaris 10 6/06 on my work laptop, some version of Gentoo linux on my work desktop and home desktop and OS X on my laptop at home.
I’ve been using Linux as my primary desktop since sometime around ‘97 or so. Enlightenment being the window manager of choice for a lot of that (except when we were in the labs at school and it was a version of twm.)
Even with all the work that the Linux developers (myself included) and the Sun people (and other GNOMEies) have been doing, it just dosen’t hold a candle to the Apple experience.
I don’t know what it is per say. Everything just feels, smooth. Don’t get me wrong there are bumps, like some apps closing when I hit the X in the top corner when most others just hide the window. But, those are minor compared to the hoops and loops that are involved in the Linux/Solaris desktop.
When you combine the Apple desktop with things like Quicksilver everything just becomes sweet. There is also the most excellent Textmate which has been weening me off my VIM addiction (at least on OS X).
Don’t get me wrong, I still love the other Operating Systems. DTrace, ZFS and SMF make Solaris smokin’ hot at the moment. You can do so much cool development type stuff on Solaris, from performance tuning to memory checking that it’s very happy making.
Linux has great tools under it’s belt as well, Valgrind being a big one. The dual-head support with TwinView on Linux just seems to work better then on Solaris, at least for me with two heads that I want to act independently but be able to move windows between them.
So, whats my point? Well, I don’t have one. I’m just say’n is all.