[scribus] Newbie Mac User

John Beardmore John at T4sLtd.co.uk
Mon Aug 3 12:26:23 CEST 2009

Jeffrey Silverman wrote:

> Hey, some additional points:
> - Try Crossover Office. I really works for running Windows apps --
> especially Office -- on Linux (and Mac OS, actaully)


> - Don't take this the wrong way (not that there is any other way to
> take a statement that starts with the disclaimer "don't take this the
> wrong way") but you guys sound like a bunch of crotchety geezers. "I
> don't want to run any computer that won't support my IBM 1442 Card
> Read-Punch Model 1".  Just saying...

With some validity no doubt.

> - The web is the new OS.

Don't take this the wrong way, but 'not round here it isn't' !  I can't 
speak for MSIE, but firefox and the things in it gobble and leak more 
resources over a few days than can be casually be explained away. At the 
moment it's using 225,052k, but anything up to half a gig before it 
crashes seems to be common on machines where the browser is left open 
for sustained periods. There may be better browsers. I sure hope so...

Web enabled applications may have a chance when we have a browser that 
is as stable as KDE, Gnome or explorer, but even then, are they the 
architecture that benefits most users ?

None of the functionality I routinely need is available as web enabled 
apps as far as I know, and even if it was, why would I want to be a thin 
client using remote shared CPU on the end of a long fragile data link 
just because I can ?

 From the little I've seen of Ajax, it's a pond I wouldn't want to swim 
in unless I had to, and I don't see why most applications developers 
would want to work that way given the choice. Scribus has had enough joy 
moving to Qt4. Not sure that a port to the browser would go down well.

What has rendered the choice of OS obsolete to some extent is OO, Gimp, 
Inkscape and Scribus.

Once the apps are cross platform, the choice of platform doesn't much 
matter, but for most users it still does, and the dark heart of the 
browser isn't much of an alternative, never mind the security issues, 
politics and business risks of running commercial apps on third party 
servers !

Cheers, J/.
John Beardmore, MSc EDM (Open), B.A. Chem (Oxon), CMIOSH, AIEMA, MEI
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