Hey - waking this up…
There’s no sayonara in MacOS - which is now my primary UNIX and my primary desktop… Quartz is like 10,000,000,000x better than f–king gnome (or XFCE or Pantheon)…
I bought a player called Colibri *, for MacOS - and it’s okay. But OSS stuff has way more features…
moc and mocp kick arse in the UNIX shell every Mac computer comes with since the dawn of OS/X and since “Apple Silicon” we now have WORKSTATION class Unix machines with RISC processors that wipe the floor with Intel and AMD (okay some fucking intel i9 can do this and that, but it will eat the energy budget of a 3rd world country to do so) :
This is my new favourite stoner metal band, BRUTUS
: out of Belgium, new album dropped today (which I pre-ordered months ago), lead singer is also the drummer, and she doesn’t only kick bass drums, she kicks arse!
Sure - I had to “hack” it a bit - to make it (moc / mocp) work - I like that shit - my shell script to fire up jackd so moc doesn’t shit it’s britches (note - I can increase my OS volume to 100% and MOC to 100% independantly of one another - and NEITHER crashes my music listening experience like it does on Linux desktop) :
╭─email@example.com ~/bin ‹main*›
╰─➤ cat knocking.bash
# we need jackd installed and kicked off... before any other crap is considered :
# e.g. after homebrew is installed : "brew install jackd" or sumpin:
/opt/homebrew/bin/jackd -d coreaudio &
Sure - apple sucks, but I reckon they give back nearly as much as they take (e.g. CUPS - if anyone remembers how REALLY shitty UNIX printing was before CUPS - sure - you much think CUPS was an improvement on lpd and its ilk - sincerely UNIX printing SUCKED BALLS and Microsoft did it better).
In some ways - MOC / MOCP is better on MacOs - because “soft mixer” is indepentant of my desktop’s mixer / volume controls… and - 100% SOUND comes out heaps better out of Apple kit…
Also - BTW - I am no Steve Jobs fanboi - AKAIK he was a horrible person and basically someone like me ( a working class slob from Australia) would call him a C_NT (or in more refined speech “a prized sea-hunt”)… Died the same year as Dennis Richie and all these fucking sob stories about what an awesome wanker Jobs was - AFAIK he was just a failed Hand Job(s)… He was just better at stealing ideas than Bill Gates…
\° Colibri’s actually pretty good… does a half arsed decent job of playing my growing collection of FLAC format music… and the developer is of Hungarian extract, but living in New Zealand, and when I mentioned an issue - he reached out to me directly with a fix - and IT WORKED!
So when I need a GUI player - I’ll continue to support Colibri - and this is also part of the name of a pretty awesome book I read recently by Jeff Vandermeer (author of the novel that the AMAZINGLY trippy movie Annihilation is based on) called “Hummingbird Salamander” (Samandra Colibri in Castilian Spanish).
More about BRUTUS out of Belgium :
I just purged Google Chrome the f–k off both my MacBook’s cause it decided arbitrarily how I wanted to display my Google Chrome window - HEY SERGEI BRIN - this is my FUCKING computer and I will decied how I will layout my windows and browser tabs…
And if that’s the way Sergei Brin (don’t be evil my arse) and his big brothery botherish mates want to go - on my Ubuntu 22.04 :
╰─➤ sudo apt purge google-chrome-stable
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree... Done
Reading state information... Done
The following packages will be REMOVED:
0 to upgrade, 0 to newly install, 1 to remove and 20 not to upgrade.
After this operation, 301 MB disk space will be freed.
Do you want to continue? [Y/n] y
(Reading database ... 314714 files and directories currently installed.)
Removing google-chrome-stable (106.0.5249.103-1) ...
Processing triggers for gnome-menus (3.36.0-1ubuntu3) ...
Processing triggers for man-db (2.10.2-1) ...
Processing triggers for mailcap (3.70+nmu1ubuntu1) ...
Processing triggers for desktop-file-utils (0.26-1ubuntu3) ...
(Reading database ... 314603 files and directories currently installed.)
Purging configuration files for google-chrome-stable (106.0.5249.103-1) ...
ARRANGE MY FUCKING WINDOWS
One of the best things about “big tech” is that each of of the messianic leaders at the top of their pyramid schemes, can’t stand one any other one… that lack of collusion is a MASSIVE benefit to mankind