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  • Cory Doctorow—Linux Guru?

    DS: What’s the deal with your Linux switch? You used to be a Mac guy, right?
    CD: Yup, I mean, obviously, always Linux on the server, yeah, but I was always Mac on the desktop for a long time, starting with Apple II Plusses in 1979, and then Macs all my life—one or two a year minimum over the years.

    DS: What prompted the switch, and what do you think so far?
    CD: Well, there are a couple things—the DRM stuff keeps getting worse and worse. It seems like every time I turned around, Apple is doing something with its OS to add more bullshit to it. More DRM, more controls on how users use it….They’re anti-features. There’s no customer who woke up this morning and said, “Gosh, I wish there was a way I could do less with my music this morning—I hope there’s an iTunes update waiting for me.”

    So, it just seemed to me, increasingly, that Apple wasn’t making computers to suit my needs; they were making computers to suit the needs of some theoretical entertainment giant. And, you know, I think that’s their business if they want to do it, but they’re not a charity, so if they don’t want to make the stuff I want to buy, I don’t have to buy it. Which is exactly what I did—I stopped buying it.

  • The downside of Apple lock-in: no matte screens

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