Category Archives: Apple Mac

Ten or More Things Apple Mac won’t tell its customers.

Ten or More Things Apple Mac won’t tell its customers.
1. It is a Unix derivative i.e. BSD (Berkeley Systems Distribution) which form the basis for both Mac OS X and the iOS that powers the iPhone.
2. It was hooked to a O.E.M platform (Power PC) till recently.
3. BSD is what Darwin is based on.
4. Darwin is Apple’s Open Source Unix operating system foundation.
Somebody should revive this, now that Steve Job is no more.
The Darwin kernel is equivalent to the Mac OS X kernel plus the BSD libraries and commands essential to the BSD Commands environment.
5  It uses Open Source OpenGL – Standard 3D graphics library
6. jEdit  4.3
7. Perl  5.10  Accessible through Terminal under Utilities
8. Python  2.6.1  Accessible through Terminal under Utilities
9. Python  3.3  Accessible through Terminal under Utilities
10. Ruby  1.8.7  Accessible through Terminal under Utilities
Items 6 to 10  are programming languages (now mostly platform independent) which made the backbone of  Linux.
11. Audacity   is a Linux derivative
12. Thunderbird is a Linux derivative
13. VLC    Media Player is a Linux derivative
14. Geogebra             is a Linux derivative
No operating system is Pure and I have not used OpenOffice or Libre Office since they originated from Sun Solaris system and later became Open Source.

Lions and Snow Leopards

Ever heard Lions and Snow Leopards living in the same home.
In Sri-Lanka Lions and Leopards live in such close proximity and in harmony only a terrorist can drive them mad.
I hear they cannot simply because they are proprietary products from Apple Mac.
Some time ago I wanted to write something Apple computer and final cut but for no reason I could not.
It was a very fortunate lapse on my part and had I done that I may have to eat every word of my short piece.
The other day I happen to walk into Kandy Super market and I saw something very similar to Pinguy and drop into see who is promoting Linux in Kandy.
I was wrong and it was a posh Apple Mac store but I could not see any iPods.
All the computers had Snow Leopard but not the new Lion roaring. It looks like they are dishing out the last remains of Snow Leopards on unsuspecting but rich customers.
Just yesterday I posted and updated today that one can install four Linux distribution in over 2 and half hours and make them cohabit but unfortunately Snow Leopard and Lion can hardly ever cohabit in the same computer.
The trouble one has to go to install (which has two disks) Snow Leopard on Lion computer only and expert can do that also on has two apple computers side by side with firmware attachment.
This guy who is a keen photographer wanted to transfer some photographic stuff from a camera and his old camera is not supported by the new Lion.
But if he gives his video to me I can convert them to many formats using ArtistX or AVLinux.
This poor guy, metaphorically of course (who is poor who can afford a new Apple computer) should learn some Linux be gets older like me.