re: Windows 8: Do I Really Need A Single OS?
I work on both systems and the issues on OS X are just different. While there are some shortcuts I find myself searching constantly for stuff, because I have no idea where it is located and once I found it the location is so illogical to me that the next time around I forgot and have to search again. What bugs me most about OS X is the difficulty of some of the application installations. You need to mount an image, extract these files, then open a folder that contains the launcher (which is at times difficult to find between all the other stuff), and then proceed to install. Once done close the folder and unmount the image. All I want is to click a button called "Install this app" and instantly proceed using it.
In the end OS X has the same shortcomings as a Linux distro or Windows or an Android device. They all claim to know what the user wants when in fact they are not even close. Ease of user and good UX are still missing from modern OS. And then there are the hardware restrictions, especially for Apple. OS X runs on x86, so why not let me take the OS and install it on the hardware that I have. Why do I need to buy an Apple device that has the same processor, memory, and graphics card as my Windows PC? In fact, Windows works fine on Apple hardware, although it requires some help from third party tools.
And lastly way too many applications are tied to one single OS platform. Unless it is a Java app there is no way to run the same binaries on OS X, Linux, and Windows. Let's get to that point first and then have unrestricted access to all OS (meaning I can install where I want, I do not mean giving it away for free) so that businesses and consumers can pick and choose which one they like best. The Apples and Microsofts and Linux communities need to get rid of all that red tape that's wrapped around them.