Because I’m not as hardcore open source as Stallman that I only use hardware and software that is open source I have an Apple laptop and I use OS X on it. I, to be frank, I have no qualms with my Mac. It is light weight, feels like it is of good build quality, and to be honest OS X does what I want it to do. Nothing more, nothing less really. Hell, the kernel is open source (some of it anyway), and there is plenty of open source software for it that I like better than they’re Linux alternatives in many cases. Something I never really thought I’d say, but oh well…
Adium – Its like Gaim, in fact it uses Gaim’s back end, the only thing is though, its better than Gaim in my opinion. Its prettier, runs quicker than Gaim does on my Linux box, and that pretty much sums it up.
Colloquy – I can’t pronounce it, but I like it. Its pretty (notice a trend?). And it functions exactly the way I want it too. Mac software, for all the reasons you might hate it, much akin to its closed source cousin Windows, all tends to follow the same usage and ui patterns. Something I’ve been wishing Linux would do since I started using it.
MacVim – Its like Vim, only native Mac. Can’t go wrong there. I keep running into things that won’t work out my vimrc (which I need to update badly, sorry) but other than that, you can’t really go wrong here. And as far as I can tell the guy doing the brunt of the work here is super nice and willing to at least discuss your suggestions if not attempt to implement them.
OpenOffice.org – For now anyway. There are more open source alternatives that use the truly open source parts of OO.org and rewrite the rest from scratch, under an open source license of course, but I haven’t tried any of them yet and can’t, in good faith, recommend them to someone else. If you not a die hard though, MS Office is the still the best thing going for your term paper. Sorry, but its true.
Thunderbird – Yeah, Apple parades their mail program around like its the greatest thing since sliced bread, and it is okay, but its okay at best.
Firefox – No surprise. I’ve tried a lot of browsers in my day. From the CLI only to the latest and greatest. You name it, odds are I’ve tried it. That includes the new Chrome browser from Google. Despite it all though Firefox still reigns king my book, regardless of platform.
That pretty much sums it up. I don’t think I really use any other software on my Mac on regular basis. Sometimes I fire up Xcode (close source) but even it relies on GCC (open source). So if you count that than so be it. Other than that, enjoy the whatever Mac’s little mascots are.
Enjoy the Penguins!