[TriLUG] Bought my first Laptop--a new Apple Powerbook with OSX--With Linux software in mind I have three questions:
Thu, 6 Jun 2002 13:49:26 -0400
On Tue, Jun 04, 2002 at 05:51:37PM -0400, al johson wrote:
> Another great response to my three questions.
> >I doubt you would buy a Mac to run something you could run on cheap
> > PC hardware. That said, I tend to run NetBSD on old Mac hardware. Not
> > really for the newbie, though
> The main reason I decided to go with a mac laptop was that if I were to get
> the features I wanted (esp. an S-video connector on the back of the
> laptop---so I can easily surf the web on my 36" Sony Wega) , virtually all
> of the laptops were about the same price ($2000+).
Yes, I noticed that when I was shopping for my iBook. I conisidered
getting a low-cost PC laptop and found that for the features the Mac
laptops were very competitively priced. I couldn't justify the PowerBook
(as much as I wanted to), but I could justify the top-o-the-line iBook.
Which I am very happy with. Ultimately, it was the 6 hour battery life
(4-5 under reasonable load and with wireless running) was what sealed it.
> Second, if you get a Mac
> you can run virtually any OS you desire: Mac, Windows (there is an excellent
> emulator), Linux, and finally BSD (which you already have), etc. Finally, I
Virtual PC? Sluggish on my G3. Having to emulate the instruction set
hurts performance. Still, I can run NetBSD/i386 in a window on my Mac
laptop, which has a certain geek appeal.
> enjoy doing a lot of sound and graphics work, and as you know the Mac excels
> in these areas as well. I may curse it a year from now, but I haven't seen
> anything yet that I disliked. But then I really haven't had it longer than a
> few days.---Al Johnson
That's a hard argument. There are a lot of high-quality graphics and sound
cards for PCs. Though finding them in a laptop may be more difficult.
Don't get me wrong on Macs... I love 'em. This message here is being
typed out on my happy, shiny 14" iBook while I watch Cameroon beat Saudi
Arabia. PVRs rock.
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