Linux laptops, revisited (can any sleep like my PowerBook does?)

Jason Edwards jtanium at
Mon Jan 21 13:18:10 MST 2008

I've checked and recheck many times.  I don't run any widgets in
Dashboard.  I don't have any icons on the desktop (the window server
has to draw a window for each icon, even when you can't see them!).  I
also don't let any third party apps put anything in the menubar
(because it slows down redraws).  I only have iTerm, Firefox, Mail,
iTunes, and Eclipse open.  In the background I've got MySQL and
Mongrel (app server for Ruby on Rails).  I rarely have any swapspace
in use.  I suppose I could reboot everyday, but I like to pretend OS X
is better than Windows.

Linux, on the other hand, blah blah blah, stable for weeks at a time,
blah blah blah, consistent load avg of 1.0, blah blah blah, much less
resource intensive, blah blah blah, doesn't crash, blah blah blah.
(I'm preachin' to the choir, I'm sure).

I'm certain it's something that I do to computers though.  While most
Mac users have never seen a kernel panic, I've lost count how many
times OS X has kernel panic'ed on me.  I like to compile things by
hand. I script everything I can.  I'm just plain hard on computers.

On a separate note, ever since this thread started, my MacBook Pro has
decided it's doesn't like waking up from suspend...  Coincidence?
Yeah, I don't think so either.  Apple probably has some sophisticated
algorithm that can detect when people are talking poorly of their
products...  Please bear with me while I build up my karma:  "My
MacBook Pro is awesome!"  "I love my Mac!"  "Windows is crap!"
"FairPlay is totally reasonable!" "You should have to use iTunes to
use your iPod touch/iPhone" "Woz is the man!" "Steve Jobs can do no

Jason "OS X rulez!" Edwards

On Jan 21, 2008 10:58 AM, Jonathan Duncan <jonathan at> wrote:
> On 18 Jan 2008, at 18:06, Jason Edwards wrote:
> > Oh yeah, I've used it -- I've used it daily since 2003, then last
> > month I got fed up and went back to Linux.  And daily I see that
> > stupid pinwheel of death spinning.  And I'm not running a junky old
> > Mac, it's a 2.4 GHz Core 2 Duo MacBook Pro (not the base model).
> >
> > Anywho, if you feel like OS X is fast, then nothing I say is going to
> > change your mind.
> >
> If you are seeing the pinwheel a lot, you may some processes that you
> need to evaluate.  I have had some programs on my MacBook Pro that had
> a lot of unnecessary overhead and once they were removed or fixed or
> upgraded all was well once again.  If you think your Mac is slow, you
> need to check what you are running.
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