Okay, this is it for Mac OS X for me. I want (like any sane person) focus follows mouse. A few googles later, what do I find?
Yes, for only $14.95, I can have a trivial obvious window manager feature! Plus a few other trivial obvious window manager features! Because Apple hates useful software!
No no no no no no. I’ll keep using Mac OS long enough to get a feel for the ways in which it is better than other desktop systems, and then I’ll reinstall the Airbook with Linux.
On a related note, I just installed a very nice piece of free software, Menumeters, which while GPL still had a request for donations on its page – not unheard of, but not normal either. It got me thinking about my experience turning Linux file systems consultant. I’ve had a delightful time discovering how much capital I’ve built up over the years in terms of both knowledge and reputation. This is what you’re building when you work on open source, skills and reputation – not some trivial piece of software you’ll sell for $14.95 a pop. Once you have that capital, you have lots of options, including convincing other people to help you build some nontrivial very valuable piece of software.
Post Script: Yes, you can turn on focus follows mouse for X11 apps, but X11 apps are only a fraction of the windows I use and are poorly integrated with the rest of the system – e.g., when my focus in an X11 window, the screen gradually dims because it thinks I’m not typing. Drove me nuts until I figured it out.
Post Post Script: Argh! And it won’t charge my BlackBerry 8100 via USB out of the box! I thought this stuff was just supposed to work!