A few interesting things happened after I got a macbook air.
Firstly, I got a lot of shit from my peers and friends about it. This was funny to me, nothing really bothered me about it, but I can see this becoming really tiresome at events like hackathons or conferences.
As a byproduct, there’s a strong feeling in the hardcore F/OSS world that Apple hardware is the incarnation of evil.
As a result of both of the above, hardcore F/OSS (and Distro hackers) don’t buy apple hardware.
Therefore, GNU/Linux is complete garbage on Apple hardware. Apple’s firmware bugs don’t help, but we’re BAD.
Some might ask why this is a big deal. The fact is, this is one of the most used platforms for Open Source development (note I used that term exactly).
Are we to damn these users to a nonfree OS because we want to maintain our purity?
I had to give back my Air, but I still have a Mac Mini that i’ve been using for testing bugs on OSX in code I have. Very soon, my Mac Mini will be used to help fix the common bugs in the install process.
Some things you can do:
- Consider not giving off an attitude to people with Apple hardware. Be welcoming.
- Consider helping with supporting your favorate distro on Apple hardware. Props to Fedora for doing such a great job, in particular, mjg59 and Peter Jones for all they do with it.
- Help me make Debian Apple installs one-click.