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11.23.13

Pear OS Helps Apple’s OS

Posted in Apple, GNU/Linux at 5:25 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

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Summary: By trying to copy OSuX we are led to the trap of helping to reinforce the notion that OSuX is better and hence we can only ever play catchup

Variants of Ubuntu are becoming a force to be reckoned with, especially amid controversies involving privacy, trademarks, and more. Pear OS 8 is an interesting variant which targets new form factors [1] but doesn’t always shine [2]. It recently had a new release. Pear OS 8 is somewhat controversial in the GNU/Linux world not because it imitates Apple poorly but because it strives to imitate Apple, which basically downplays our strengths and reinforces that notion that Apple’s OSuX is somehow better. Distributions which tried to mimic Windows — even Vista — got chastised for similar reasons.

Related/contextual items from the news:

  1. Pear OS 8: Linux-based software for tablets, desktops (inspired by iOS)

    Pear OS is a Linux-based operating system designed to combine the beauty of Apple software with the utility (and open nature) of GNU/Linux. A year ago that meant making Ubuntu look like OS X. Now it apparently means giving Ubuntu an OS X and iOS 7-style user interface.

  2. Pear OS 8 – A Missed Opportunity?

    I love distros that try and mimic other OSes. They lessen the blow of using a new OS and encourage inexperienced users to take the plunge into Linux. In that respect, Pear OS 8 is a wonderful imitation of Mac OS X, but does a poor job of presenting the best of Linux.

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A Single Comment

  1. Michael said,

    November 23, 2013 at 6:32 pm

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    People want a better user experience. OS X offers that. Skinning desktop Linux, though, does not give you the same user experience… even if you add a dock and some other Apple goodies.

    I would love to see real innovation from the open source community on desktop Linux and not so much imitation.

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