Re: Fanbois taught to use a GIMPED Windows...
Windows Sharing is built into Mac OS X. I'm using it now (simply to make the point I can). Yes it's based on VNC and that makes a difference in what way? It works well enough for me for when I need it, I wouldn't use Windows Remote Desktop over a long period of time either. Just remind me what the client licenses for Windows is again?
The fact that Roaming Profiles isn't built in is a major plus. I've used Roaming Profiles in large organisations, you start a new machine up and go and get breakfast as it tries to pull down a vast amount of information to build your profile up on the machine.
Domain Authentication - Yes you are correct, Domain authentication is poor on the Mac compared to Windows.
And thats the list of your complaints as to why Macs aren't ready for business? Bloody hell, I can do better than that and I've got a Mac for business and like it.
1. Poor support for many big business applications such as Sage etc.
2. Not so much enterprise support for rolling out large numbers of machines.
3. Lack of Kensington Lock on the new Macbook Pro. Tiny sodding detail, but highly annoying.
4. Lack of enterprise backup software. Time Machine is absolutely fantastic right until the moment it stops working and throws your backups away. Biggest pile of utter shite and anybody who relies on it for backups should not be in business.
5. OS X Server is not ready for business. The documentation is crap, half the software works some of the time but fails regularly, no idea why. Software Update Server, Caching server, the mail server, ldap server all work some of the time but sometimes just stop working. I have slowly (very) moved most of my OS X server software onto other replacement machines (normally Linux) as I undo our abortive attempt to use OS X Server.
6. Perhaps the biggest failing is that Apple themselves is not ready to support big business. As an example, try and get Apple support for OS X server. The forums are junk, nobody from Apple gets involved,, self help is the only way forward. The roadmap from Apple is teased out of Apple to let it fall as crumbs to the floor. In business I'd like to know what the future holds, Apple is far too secretive. I'm no Microsoft fan but their support for business is head and shoulders over Apples.
So why do I have a Mac:
1. Most of the time it works fine. I don't have niggly compatibility issues with device drivers and graphic cards and software. Does it "just-work"? No, thats marketing bollocks and I ignore it. Its reliable and rarely crashes. To be fair neither does Windows 7 or Linux.
2. It's UNIX based which I use a lot. I like the fact I have a decent OS under the hood that I can interact with at the command line. I do write shell scripts to do things as thats pretty easy to do. Windows is junk for this sort of thing. I know I can download Cygwin (and I do) but it's not as nice as a proper UNIX box.
3. The compiler is free (or is cheap as chips). It's not a bad compiler at all, the instrumentation is nice, the editor is OK (I prefer Emacs) but it works well enough. The equivalent compiler from Microsoft is far too much money.
4. Final Cut Pro runs on it. If you do decent editing this is great. Nuff said.
5. Facetime runs on it which means I can talk to my kids on their ipads. Yes I do have Skype as well but the kids use iPads and it's easy for them (they're six and four).
6. Its well made. My main home machine is a 2006 Mac Pro. I keep looking at a new machine but can;t justify the costs. The bastards at Apple tried to stop us running Mountain Lion on it as they made ML require a 64 bit EFI. We got round that little problem though. Anyway, my last Macbook lasted three years, was still running perfectly well and I got £600 for it, so 2nd hand value is very good. My t'other half has a three year old Macbook (White) and it still works fine, though she'd like an Air, can't really justify it. I do keep hoping the kids will drop the old Macbook and we can get a new one.
7. Sleep works properly. I close the lid and it just works.
8. Hooking up to a new monitor seems easier than it did with Windows 7. I always seemed to be having to reset things in the Control Panel under windows for it to recognise an external monitor.
I have no doubt that this will get downvoted and flamed, but I like my Macbook Pro, I'd rather run a proper Linux box but I do have to run some business software. In my defense I do have VMWare with Centos on.