Poll Results: The Benefits of Unix -- In our last regular issue of 2000, we leveraged Chris Pepper's two-part series on Mac OS X and Unix to ask TidBITS readers which stance best described the degree they thought they'd benefit from those Unix's underpinnings. Nearly half (46 percent) of the poll's respondents said they felt the Unix underpinnings would benefit them greatly, providing both the power and flexibility of Unix with the ease of use of a Macintosh. Just over a quarter felt Unix would benefit them only indirectly through increased system stability, and just under 20 percent responded that they felt they would benefit somewhat by directly accessing some Unix tools or capabilities. Only seven percent said they felt Mac OS X's Unix underpinnings were of no benefit to them - unfortunately, I'm in that camp for the foreseeable future, since a good deal of my work relies on audio hardware and software which is unlikely to be compatible with Mac OS X for some time. C'est la vie. [GD]
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