Zorba wrote:1- Is OS X a better choice and why?
2- If I get a MacBook Air and install Linux Mint on it would I get any boosts in speed and graphics?
3- Is it true that OS X has backports?
4- Which one is faster: Linux Mint 17 Cinnamon or OS X Mountain Lion?
5- I have been using Linux as my main and only OS for 4 years now with no issues at all, just a few ironing from time to time, and all my family like it (namely Linux Mint) . Would I face problems setting things up on an OS X?
6- Does it include codecs by default just like Linux Mint?
7- Is it as flexible as Linux Mint in terms of customization?
8- Does it have effects like Cinnamon?
I have a very pronounced apple-bias, I've used apple computers for ages. And have always felt that OSX was the pinnacle of OS design. The only reason I switched lately is I got tired paying and arm and a leg for hardware repairs.
1- A) The "just works" philosophy is very true for OS X. Mint has come a long way, but I'd still be careful to suggest to just anyone out there that they could install and run Mint without running into a problem. I could tell anyone to install OS X and they'd be able to run it, and learn their way around it, it really is so simple.
B) Column-View file manager. I'm sad Dolphin doesn't have this anymore, I don't know of any other linux file manager that does. Reading the post on why dolphin no longer included it, it seems like it's too complicated a thing for any one person to maintain alone. Being able to navigate dense file trees while dragging and dropping, or just using the arrow keys. It really is blazing awesome.
C) Cairo dock is nice, but it can't mimic the way OS X handles windows and applications. Which is real bummer because I think that the OS X implementation is very intuitive and the way "it should be".
2- Speed? Not likely. Graphics? Probably, Mac OS X comes packaged with it's drivers, meaning you can't update the video drivers aside from the once-every-aeon software system update. So linux mint has better video drivers. Also, apple has been really bad about updating their version of OpenGL.
3- No, not really. OS X is very sleek and dropped a lot of baggage by not worrying about backwards compatibility. But the cost is that you have to keep relatively up-to-date.
4- OS or applications? It depends. As an OS, X is very fast, but Linux Mint has better video card drivers.
7- No. It is customizable somewhat. It makes up for it's lack of customization by having pretty rocking defaults.
8- Yes it has effects. It may take a little terminal action to tweak them.