[OS X TeX] Who should use (La)TeX - who is able to use it?
Schremmer.Alain at verizon.net
Mon Nov 15 21:05:05 EST 2004
Just as a counter-example, I am in my (very late) sixties, "generally
hate MS and love Linux, for philosophical reasons. Speak openly about
Macs, [am] quite excited about it".
I also love open source in general and LaTeX in particular for
OK, I still have to learn to love Terminal.
Bruno Voisin wrote:
> Le 15 nov. 04, à 22:44, Gerben Wierda a écrit :
>> This is indeed a generic point. I noticed too that Mac users were
>> very negative about the change to Mac OS X.
> I noticed the same, long-term Mac users refusing for as long as
> possible to migrate from OS 9 to OS X. But I've the impression things
> are now evolving, with a new "generation" of users coming, having
> discovered the Mac with OS X, and with former switchers from Windows
> or Mac OS to Linux getting tired of compatibility issues and realizing
> OS X offers Unix with polish and ease of use on top. I've just managed
> to make a convert of the second sort, he's ordered his PowerBook 15"
> today :)
> I would say what I'm seeing now at work can be grossly classified as:
> - People in their fifties and sixties: don't feel as much pressure as
> they used to, have enough funding to buy what they like, favour ease
> of use and comfort, can afford to spend a bit of time learning a new
> OS. For some of them that means a Mac with OS X.
> - People in their thirties or fourties: lots of stress, fights to get
> funding, shortage of time, which generally implies Windows for maximum
> interoperability, no learning curve (everybody has had to use Windows
> at school) and cheap hardware, or Linux for philosophical reasons and
> cheap hardware. Not many Mac users among these people, except a few of
> us resisting.
> - People in their twenties: generally hate MS and love Linux, for
> philosophical reasons. Speak openly about Macs, are quite excited
> about it and would love to get one should they get money for it. See
> Mac positively, as Unix with polish and ease of use on top, see
> Terminal.app as a way to have fun (= the possibility to hack the core
> OS) rather than stress, have all played with Fink and use it
> extensively. None of them have the 80s pictures of the Mac as a toy,
> not to be considered seriously. Possibly the iPod effect, the fact
> that Macs are now a part of lifestyle, something you're proud of and
> no longer ashamed of.
> It's an all subjective picture, of course.
> Bruno Voisin
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