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Oh dear

2023-03-17 05:05:02.924708+01 by Dan Lyke 6 comments

Oh dear. After having to force quit XCode several times today because of extended beachballing, I rebooted. Apparently the MacBook Pro shitting itself and forgetting the primary login is a known issue and tomorrow I have to try to recover via my Apple ID. If I can recover that password...

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#Comment Re: Oh dear made: 2023-03-17 14:53:56.6535+01 by: brainopener [edit history]

I saw over on Lobste.rs a link to a recent Ken Thompson keynote where he stated that after having been an

Apple guy forever, he's trying to get settled into Raspbian because it's getting too hard to get work done on



#Comment Re: Oh dear made: 2023-03-17 22:32:37.640324+01 by: Dan Lyke

Yeah, even as someone who's recently been fighting Linux on a Surface Pro 3, it's kind of amazing how clunky a lot of Mac stuff is.

Though, admittedly, some of that is me not wanting to buy iCloud and Apple Music and whatnot subscriptions.

But there's also the "okay, which package manager am I going to run on this platform?" and holy shit code signing and all of the rest of that...

#Comment Re: Oh dear made: 2023-03-18 01:58:10.514278+01 by: brainopener

I sold out of company in 2019 and was in a spot to not have to be constantly productive and made a real earnest effort to switch to desktop Linux. I gave up because of 1) X versus Wayland and 2) lack of touchpad fanciness.

Long term, I don't feel like the Mac will work for me and I just don't know what to do.

#Comment Re: Oh dear made: 2023-03-20 19:17:39.210892+01 by: Dan Lyke

I'm waiting for the tax season to shake out a little bit so I know how much free cash for toys I have, but I'm super tempted to just buy a Linux-specific laptop rather than making old hardware work. Go to Frame.Work or System76 or one of those.

The X vs Wayland thing has never been visible to me, and I'm sure there's some touch-pad-iness that's behaving differently (zooming, perhaps?), but two-finger scrolling has worked fine on the last few Linux devices I've had working.

OTOH, I'm not doing a lot of personal development these days (maybe because of a lack of personal Linux laptop), so maybe I just continue to struggle with this MacBook Pro's weirdness on power saving and battery issues for a while. $WORK has offered to buy a new M series device, which I've put off thus far, and it is nice to be able to run Logic Pro...

#Comment Re: Oh dear made: 2023-03-20 19:50:56.484596+01 by: markd

The M-series machines are nice and powerful. Logic is an absolute beast on them. If only they'd stop trying to turn ~OS X~ macOS into iOS. I'm not as big a fan of the M-laptops because of the godforsaken notch making the menu bar huge and even uglier looking with their current design language, but it's my daily driver for work.

#Comment Re: Oh dear made: 2023-03-21 13:57:16.351315+01 by: DaveP

I bought an MacBook M2 Air a while back. The long-term goal is to run either Asahi Linux or OpenBSD on it, but I have a few more projects to finish that require MacOS before I get around to running the Asahi installer, which begins the process. But it’s pretty decent hardware (stupid notch notwithstanding). I looked at various Linux-specific laptops, but in the end, couldn’t justify the PITA of getting the thing up and running without another machine to help bootstrap. That probably doesn’t apply to you, but in the install directions for OpenBSD, there are huge numbers of machines where step 0 is “burn the installer to an SD card on your other machine,” or the like. And if you don’t have another machine, that’s a hard stop.

Anyway, following @marcan@treehouse.systems is a good way of keeping an eye on the development of Asahi, which I recommend if you’re considering an M-laptop.

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