macOS certainly has issues but MY GOODNESS is it ever a world of difference once you:

- use any Linux DE for a long stretch of time
- switch back to macOS

I have yet to find any all-encompassing Linux "system" that feels as well thought out as macOS. Linux is certainly superior in terms of user control at a deeper level, but more experience is needed to tap into those "features".

Design, ease-of-use and attention to detail cannot be overlooked. macOS just does this better.

Following up on this discussion, I decided to jot down my quick thoughts about the "Linux desktop" overall:

"The Linux Desktop is Hard to Love"

The "ease of use" greatly depends on what you are trying to do though. :)

If i want to use php 8.1 with the capability to use avif compression via imagemagick, i just have to install it with pacman in Arch Linux.
If you want to do the same in macos, you will have to install php via homebrew, clone the repository of the imagick, compile it yourself and whatnot.
Whenever something like this comes up, i am extremely happy to have linux on my work laptop.
Another story: someone told me, that they get lots of ram in their macbooks, as they need it for running docker containers.
Since the operating itself seems to miss the necessary namespace capabilities, you have to run linux in a vm to run docker. Which is a farce, since containers should be lightweight compared to vms, and instead of that people are wrapping them in virtual machines.

So i guess, what you end up loving might depend on your personal use case. :)

Talking about printing: isn't CUPS the printing system in mac os as well?

@daniel Yes that does sound like a pain. Since I am primarily doing UI / design work, macOS is certainly a more seamless experience to work with the tools I need.

As for my mentioning Linux CUPS, my point was more that it doesn't seem to work as well in the "simply plug it in!" way. (When it really should be the same?)

@tdarb I wished i could comment in detail on why printers make trouble, but they are hellish black boxes to me as well. :blobxd:
Maybe it is just because vendors do not offer drivers or proper hardware description to create drivers.

@daniel Printers are absolutely horrible. We seem to make progress backwards every year and increase vendor lock-in for something that just needs to put ink on paper.

We can take 4K photographs of deep space but struggle to plug in a printer and hit "Print"

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