Finding an Alternative to Mac OS X

Wesley Moore:

I deeply value the consistency, versatility, reliability and integration of Mac OS X and the excellent quality hardware it runs on. However the current state of the Mac has me considering whether it’s still the right platform for me.

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Running each one I was looking for these attributes:

  • An integrated, consistent experience
  • Opinions and thoughtfulness:
    • One tool for each job.
    • A sensible/minimal selection of pre-installed applications.
  • Design:
    • Simple, easy to use/understand interface
    • Visually appealing and consistent
    • HiDPI support
  • Timely updates

I’ve looked at doing this a few times, I go between working with a MacBook, iPad, iPhone or a Chromebook Flip and work with Linux all day on servers, if I was moving away from MacOS, I’d probably just go with Linux Mint or similar Ubuntu based systems.

Wesley’s favorite was Elementary, which, at a glance, does seem to be the open source OS that most values good design. And that OS does look good, so I may have to try it out sometime for myself.

Honestly though, I don’t see moving away from MacOS as my primary operating system anytime soon. It’s taken years for Apple to get this OS to where it is right now.

Roger Stringer spends most of his time solving problems for people, and otherwise occupying himself with being a dad, cooking, speaking, learning, writing, reading, and the overall pursuit of life. He lives in Penticton, BC