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Wednesday
Sep102003

InfoWorld Chief Tech Officer Goes Mac OS X

Chad Dickerson, CTO InfoworldYesterday, news of InfoWorld's CTO Chad Dickerson switching to OS X at home, mentioned in Moving to a Mac seemed to be everywhere on the Mac news sites I visit daily. It was a great morale booster to see someone who does Windows and Linux for a living, giving Mac OS X a shot. It seems he likes the new system so much, he's sticking with it -- at home anyway.

A good quote:

Now, you might ask: What does this really have to do with enterprise IT? The answer is simple: I used the Mac running OS X to replace a PC client and Linux server; the level of functionality was raised; and I did more with less. All the GNU and Unix tools I’ve used for years were right there in OS X: ps (process status), rsync, top, SSH (secure shell), Apache, Samba, and various Unix shells. I was able to access Windows file systems, and I easily shared Mac files to the Windows machine on my network via Samba, the open source file-sharing stalwart. I hardly struggled even for a second.

Welcome to the club, Chad!

I remember a while ago, reading comments somewhere on the net about Unix and Linux admins and users buying iMacs with OS X for their moms. They did this specifically for their own visits to their homesteads. The moms loved the look of the iMac and the nice GUI in OS X, while the Unix/Linux admins really loved that they could drop into the terminal and login to their remote box and do some admin stuff or check email in pine or, whatever.

I'm glad for that option. I use the terminal only if must (kind of like eating squash), but hey to each their own. I'm just glad that Mac OS X users have the option of going GUI or command line at will.

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