Apple and I have had a relationship ever since they switched to Intel processors.
It has not always been a smooth ride, but it has mostly been an enjoyable one.
Until last year.
I use a Macbook Core Duo (one of the original black ones) and I have 10.6.8 running on it. And I have a 27″ iMac that also runs 10.6.8.
Mac Os X 10.6.8 works perfectly well. I don’t need any of the “features” of Lion or Mountain Lion.
My Macbook can’t go beyond 10.6.8 as Apple are not keeping a 32 bit branch of Mac OS X going. My iMac can keep going until Apple bring out a 128 bit operating system and drop support for 64 bit – probably not in my lifetime 🙂
So, here’s the thing: As developers drop support for the older versions of Mac OS X my Macbook will become less and less up-to-date, and less and less secure. And as I keep my machines on the same revision of OS, so will my iMac.
I tallied up what I have spent on Mac third party software over the years, and a guesstimate is over £4000 – (Photoshop accounts for quite a bit of that) and what I have spent on Apple software over that time (roughly £600).
No more. I would rather give the money to independent software developers who are maintaining an ecosystem that is not so restrictive, and is affordable by most of the worlds population.
I have bitten the bullet and now run Slackware Linux on both machines – 32 bit on the Macbook and 64 bit on the iMac.
I miss many of the conveniences of the Apple ecosystem, but I am gradually replacing them with FOSS* equivalents.
In future posts I may even talk about some of them.
Ultimately, there is life after Apple.
*FOSS – Free and Open Source Software