[aklug] Re: How You Know When It?s Time to Switch to Linux

From: Christopher Howard <christopher.howard@frigidcode.com>
Date: Wed Oct 26 2011 - 13:31:22 AKDT

On 10/26/2011 10:07 AM, Tim Johnson wrote:
> * Bruce Hill<bruce@slackwarebox.com> [111026 07:12]:
>> On Tue, Oct 25, 2011 at 08:09:26PM -0800, Jeremy Austin wrote:
>>> On Tue, Oct 25, 2011 at 6:27 PM, Jim Gribbin<jimgribbin@gmail.com> wrote:
>>>> Don't know how I missed this (nearly a year ago), but I don't remember
>>>> anyone else posting this ...
>>>> http://www.pcworld.com/businesscenter/article/214929/how_you_know_when_its_time_to_switch_to_linux.html
>>> <flamebait> Where's the equivalent article for Mac users?</bait>
> I recently purchased a 2011 Mac Mini with 8 Gb of RAM. I wanted
> something with that footprint. Didn't care that much about OSX and
> I am a natural cynic put off by the Mac 'cult' and Steve Job's
> cult status and some of the Big Brother mentality of Apple. My
> most recent background is Slack and Ubuntu. I investigated a
> dual-boot arrangement - looked like that might be more difficult
> than on a pc. I also investigated using virtualbox. I thought,
> what the hell, why not have all 8 Gb of RAM? So I went ahead and
> adapted the OSX darwin interface to my needs, which include MC,
> mutt, fetchmail, procmail, postfix, vim as the default MC editor
> and a graphical vim (MacVim) for and MySQL. I found it difficult,
> in fact more difficult than a slackware setup with the same goals.
> Time doesn't permit me to say more than adapting OSX to a
> long-time linux user's preferences is a bitch.
> I have concluded that ubuntu has spoiled me.
> But, this little bugger runs like a raped ape and is more solid
> and stable than ubuntu is on my 4-year old gateway. I have given
> up some control and choice, that's for sure. But I can do my work
> now the same way that I do it on slack or ubuntu.
> My biggest complaint is that I have not been able to get a
> free-standing numeric keypad to work - and I love working with my
> happy hacker keyboard with a trackball on the right and the keypad
> on my left. I'll try it again when when I get a USB hub.
> As for<flamebait> ... that's all I have to say. Time to go make
> money with my mac mini .....

Okay, one more stupid, flamebait question: Why then did you buy the Mac
Mini in the first place?

I mean, you can get a 3.00Ghz i5 with 8GB of RAM and a 1TB drive off
Newegg for about $600. Build it yourself, or lower the specs a little
bit and you're talking $400-$500. I'm sure it would be just as stable
and fast running Slack or Gentoo as your "raped ape" mini.

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