Macnoto lent us an iMac. It has been sitting in our sarang for a few weeks. I haven't had a chance to play with it since I was way too busy with things.
When I had a chance to play, it was converted to GNU/Linux Debian by Andika. Well, Linux is Linux. Although, it is impressive, I didn't want to play with it. I logged in into the iMac, but it was no different than my Intel-based Debian.
My encounter with Mac was way back in 1987 when I did my grad studies. I even played with Linux on PowerPC sometimes around 1996 or 1997 or perhaps earlier. At that time, when I typed fdisk (or was it df?), then system went panic. It reminded me of my earlier experience with GNU/Hurd. It went panic with df. Anyway, I don't want to play with this iMac in GNU mode. I want to play it native!
So, today, I have a chance to try it. Andika has restored this iMac into dual boot mode. I rebooted the machine in the Mac OS X mode, and here I am typing this entry on a iMac with Safari.
I hate to admit that I am lost in this new Mac environment. I don't know how to eject the DVD! (ouch). I do love the environment. It's so slick. It makes me want to buy a Mac. Right now I am saving my money to buy a PDA or something that could replace my Nokia 6100. (I was thinking of buying that HP/iPaq or O2.) Other than that, I want to buy a Mac. I am not sure whether I should buy a MacMini or an iBook. I need to replace my Fujitsu Lifebook. It's so slow. The thing is my Lifebook has been good to me (to my back). It's so small that is easy to carry and yet usable. But, it's too slow for my need now. After getting my mobile gadget, somekind of a Mac is in the horizon.
In case you have not noticed, I am a Mac fan (or an Apple fan, or Steve Jobs fan to be exact). My window manager in my Linux desktop is usually Afterstep, my MS Windows-based notebook has FlyakiteOSX (which turns my MS Windows into a Mac OS-X-like environment), and Aqua Dock.
The thing I like about this new Mac is the OS. It is based on UNIX. (Not really UNIX if you want to be precise.) I used to work on a NeXT workstation. In fact, I started my WWW experience at the time Tim Berners-Lee launced his WWW and HTTP(d). He used a NeXT workstation and I used a NeXT workstation. (At that time nobody wanted to use this NeXT workstation at work / at the University. Everybody wanted a Sun workstation. I did have a Sun workstation on my desk at that time.) NeXT operating system (NeXTstep) blew me away at that time. It is unfortunate that they went belly up. Perhaps, it was ahead of its time. In short, I would expect that this OS X will take that NeXT elegance and taste to the next level. I will tell my experience in future blog entries.
So, now, how do I eject the DVD? *blush*