November 22nd, 2005

OS X Ain't Linux

I figured that it had been so long since I'd done anything interesting with Linux that I wouldn't notice any differences. But I do. I notice when gcc isn't installed by default. (What?) I notice when I have to create the root account myself. (Huh?) And I notice when "traditional tools such as adduser do not work as you might expect". (Translation: adduser doesn't exist.)

So (a) I guess maybe my Linux isn't quite as rusty as I thought, and (b) my idea of what it means for something to be a Unix OS is changing.

But not like I'm having second thoughts or anything. Oh no.

You probably all figured this out ten years ago

In high school, I was always in awe of the kids who went out all the time and were in tons of activities and never seemed to run out of energy for it. I figured there was something wrong with me because I didn't want to go out all the time.

Well, I've been talking about high school with some of my friends lately, and I'm just now figuring out that maybe the reason some of those kids were always, always out doing stuff was that, for them, being at home was awful.

And realizing just how damn lucky I was.