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I have a growing appreciation for things that are wonky-but-free

on the contrary, mine is fading :( I find that I'm more and more ready to accept non-freeness if it avoids the wonkiness…
 
I guess it depends on which side of the equilibrium you're coming from.
 
Funny, my mac book pro experience has been wonky and pay. I had the hardest time dealing with the weirdness of thing like the native file manager, application remove\cleanup (outside the app store, downloading .dmg  files. Give me a program file manager either shell or Gui)  most any system customization, unlearning and relearning the Ctrl vs Cmd Shortcut key, and for that matter typing in general, learning xcode convention. In many cases I ended up buying apps that do the equivalent in either one platform or the other.  Being relatively impartial to tech stacks I find that I like living in the mac world the least.  Note I have used both linux and windows in the past (vi and visual studio.)  
 
Note I'm all for paying for apps. But it I have to buy apps to leverage what I feel is basic desired functionality (based on previous expectations from linux and windows) then I'd rather not. 
 
I'm fine with paying for software too. But I value transparency, and that's usually associated with free software. For example, if LaTeX isn't doing what I expect, I can usually debug. Nothing is hidden. But when Word mysteriously won't let me do what I want, I'm helpless.
 
I treated Mac as BSD. I use homebrew for port-like way of installing most of the software I need. Most other applications are removed just by deleting them (they are usually self-contained folders after all). And I really like the fact, that you can use some of the Emacs keyboard shortcuts for navigation in any text box.

Having said that, I am not easily impressed, so I think I'm not prone to falling for "first impression."
 
Similarly to +Piotr Kalinowski, my MacOS use is rather Unixy, but at least, even if for bad reasons, I don't have to tweak config files to ensure proper hardware support, which is what I find the most wonky on Linux these days (mostly talking laptops here, for servers I never used anything else than Linux distros, so…).
I also think that hearing colleagues complain about how Gnome just threw away all their settings doesn't really make me want to use anything else than minimalistic WMs on Linux (I'll have to give E17 a try though, I wanted it so much years ago…).
Oh, and BTW, I don't think there is a single paid app on my macs, except the OS (and what comes with it, like iPhoto and such, even if I don't use those).
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