For a few months now, I am a proud owner of a Macbook Pro.. at least I thought so. I made the change from my 4-years old Samsung notebook running ArchLinux just because I was curious about Mac OS X (and the underlying UNIX) and the ongoing hype around all the Apple products. There is nothing more to say since I already had a lot of discussions going on with friends which is somehow a never ending story.
So what’s the point? Well, there is no operating system out there without bugs. Windows, Linux and also Mac OS, they all have bugs and a more or less sophisticated schedule to fix theses bugs. As a long-term Linux user the usual way to get along with bugs was simple: reproduce (that’s the hard part), find the corresponding sourcecode, dig through it, fix it, submit a patch, done. It’s not as easy as it sounds but a lot of Linux users and developers think similarly, so there’s a good chance to find a patch on the web.
With Mac OS X and probably every other proprietary operating system it’s a bit different to fight bugs. Apparently we don’t have the source, so we can’t patch anything (apart from reverse engineering and that kind of stuff). Since the update to Lion I have this bug: The kernel fills up my log with that message:
Sometimes every few seconds, sometimes once a day. So the first thing to do? Google it. And I even found some threads in the Apple Support Community complaining about the issue, some actually say it is slowing down their system, but nobody could come up with a solution.
To be fair, it is not visibly affecting my system. But a few weeks ago I had a major crash:
“hang in Main graphics engine” doesn’t sound good and my system really hanged. I could do nothing except power-down and restart. And again, there are users who have the same problem. And again, no solution.
As you can see, it’s a bit frustrating and I have to change my workflow in keeping my system running to: reproduce (that’s the easy part), reboot, find other users who have the same problem, smile, wait for an update from Apple, keep waiting… ;)