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Developer of over thirty macOS ports on why they are discontinuing future macOS ports in favor of Linux

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    tindall
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    This is the stand-out quote for me. When I talk about "transparency", this is what I mean. If something doesn't work on a proprietary system, you're simply out of luck, and things break for no...

    reporting bugs to Apple when you're not rich is like pulling teeth with boxing gloves. Contrast that with Linux, where Vulkan is in some places downright appalling, but when we run into driver problems I just post a RenderDoc capture on the Mesa issue tracker and get a response (and sometimes even a commit hash!) usually on the same day. As software continues its unabated exponential curve of complexity, having access to both the software stack (in its entirety) as well as the communities that build it all will be critical

    This is the stand-out quote for me. When I talk about "transparency", this is what I mean. If something doesn't work on a proprietary system, you're simply out of luck, and things break for no reason all the time. When things don't work on open systems, they can always be fixed (technically; sometimes legal issues do get in the way), and once fixed they tend to stay that way.

    18 votes
    1. [2]
      xnaas
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      On a very mildly related note, I was impressed and shocked when I submitted a simple enhancement for WebP and it was actioned within a day.

      On a very mildly related note, I was impressed and shocked when I submitted a simple enhancement for WebP and it was actioned within a day.

      8 votes
      1. tindall
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        Very nice! Certainly not all FOSS projects are like this (including mine, oh dear) but it's at least possible.

        Very nice!

        Certainly not all FOSS projects are like this (including mine, oh dear) but it's at least possible.

        5 votes
  2. mrbig
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    Props to the author for talking about something so frustrating with a measured and hopeful tone. That was a great read.

    Props to the author for talking about something so frustrating with a measured and hopeful tone. That was a great read.

    6 votes