So, Mac friends, what's up? How's it going? All good with you? Good, good I'm glad. Look. Maybe we should talk.
I know you like your iPro Airpod. And it's very nice, it is. It's shiny and fast and does things, which are really the top requirements for any computing device, I think. But is it really what you want to be using? Look, if it is, that's cool. But have you considered some other options? There's a world outside of Cupertino. A whole, wide, incredible world of technology that presents broadly varied experiences that don't all follow Apple's guidelines on everyrhing.
For example, your computer, your OS, what it's based on... that's Unix, actually. BSD-derived--and POSIX/Single Unix Specification certified. Your kernel is XNU, which stands for 'X is Not Unix.' But it totally is, actually. You're closer than you know to having an open system, but right now you're limited by the Appley-ness of your Apple. If the idea of installing software that doesn't come from the App Store or some other official source is alien to you, that's okay. I'm here to tell you, it's an option. And you don't even need to make a switch all at once. Since OS X has been POSIX-compliant since Leopard, you can actually get a lot of sofware that's made for other *nix systems running just fine on your Macbook. There are some third-party package mangers out there that come highly recommended (I haven't tried them myself; I haven't owned a Mac since around OS 8). Among them are pkgsrc, MacPorts, Homebrew, and Fink (which, as a Debian user, I'd recommend--Fink uses our dpkg/APT system!).
I'm not going to go all out with this one; I could talk for months about the reasons folks should consider Linux (or a BSD), and especially about the reasons NOT to use Apple products, but that's not a topic for here and now. If you're interested, please do follow me on Twitter; I post notes on various webapps and always link to them on Twitter, and occassionally go on little rants--just enough to fill up a page of your feed 8D.
Thanks so much for reading! If you missed it, here's the first part of this note, where I talk about Windows a bit. This was as an addition to this post by this guy, who is writing this book; if you're thinking about trying Linux, it's definitely worth checking that out.