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Re: [SLUG] linux on ibook
- To: Steve Lindsay <stevelindsay@xxxxxxxxxx>
- Subject: Re: [SLUG] linux on ibook
- From: Luke Burton <luke@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Tue, 6 May 2003 13:13:34 +1000
- Cc: slug@xxxxxxxxxxx
You pay a premium for Apple. The premium gets you two things.
One is very, very nice software - apart from the brilliant core OS, you
get iTunes, iDVD, iPhoto, a great Mail client, decent KHTML dervied
browser (Safari), GNU developer tools, LDAP based address book, iCal
calendaring, etc. There's a lot of 'value add'. The community around it
is also strong, like with Linux.
Two is very sweet hardware. Bluetooth, WiFi, DVD burning (slot loader
on mine!), elegant design, firewire, USB, good battery life,
durability, good support. I have monitor spanning / mirroring built in
on mine too (which "just works" - I didn't need to open a config file
to make it go).
Now they both work hand in hand - so the maximum bang for your buck is
derived from using OS X on PPC.
If you are going to bin the software side of it, you will be far better
off buying Intel/AMD. You will be paying a premium for stuff you don't
use. Try a Fujitsu Lifebook or Sony VAIO (see my experiences with RH8.0
on that machine: http://www.hagus.net/sony/r505tfp.html). Plus the
G3/G4 processors have been outstripped in raw speed by Intel/AMD. If
you are set on the PPC architecture, wait until the IBM 970, which is
coming out towards the end of the year.
To get OS X, which is a full UNIX based operating system, "working" on
my Powerbook I pressed the "on" button. Then I had DVD burning,
wireless, ethernet, GNU development tools, bluetooth, printing, MS
Office, modem, OpenGL etc etc. This appeals to me, because Time ==
Money and I simply can't sacrifice Time on getting Linux to the point
where I can do all that.
To get Linux running on PPC, you will probably be looking at a similar
experience to my fun times with the Sony VAIO as detailed in the URL
above. Both Sony and Apple are notoriously proprietary, but make sweet
For the knee-jerk flamers out there (if they've read this far) I still
love and use Linux as a server OS, where I think it will stay for the
(PGP keys: http://www.hagus.net/pgp)
Klatu barada nikto!