Dispelling OS X Preconceptions

By on September 11, 2003

An InfoWorld article by Chad Dickerson tells of his accidental conversion from Windows and Linux to Mac OS X.

“On a recent Friday, weary from shopping for a new PC, I grabbed the 3-year-old G4 at my desk and took it home to see what all the Mac and OS X fuss was about. My plan was to add it to my existing home network, which consisted of two PCs and a Linux server. I plugged the Mac into the fourth port on my four-port KVM switch, mostly excited about iTunes. My Linux-served MP3 collection forced my unwitting experiment in enterprise Mac integration.

Fast forward to Monday and the KVM switch is in storage. I don’t need it because the Mac does everything I need. It replaced the Linux server and one of the PC clients, and I’ve mainlined the keyboard and mouse directly into the Mac. My experience with OS X at home felt like crossing a chasm.

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.”

And Apple isn’t paying him a dime to talk like this. They didn’t even give him a shiny new G5 to woo him. Cool!

He promises regular updates on his conversion in future installments.



  1. In his conversion, he joins fellow InfoWorld columnist Tom Yager, who started writing about Apple in his columns a few months back. Fascinating to watch the rest of the world wake up to what you’ve known for a long time.

Comments are closed. If you have something you really want to say, tweet @gadgetopia.