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Join Date: Oct 2008
07-27-2009, 01:36 AM
Join Date: May 2009
07-27-2009, 03:16 AM
I'd just like to add a note to underwhelmed's comment about running virtual machines...as far as I know, the Atom doesn't support virtual machines, which eleminates the option of running windows in VWare under OSX. However, one can always dual boot xp or W7 (or vista if you really aren't too attached to usable performance levels) and you won't have to bother with boot camp since the machine is windows ready to begin with. But if having the ability to run windows in a virtual machine is a deal breaker, well, now you know...someone please correct me if I'm wrong!!
As for the mini9 as a test bed, it's a fantastically cheap way to play around with the os. I love my hackintosh, and playing with fun little things that windows doesn't have. A netbook will never be good for the productivity applications that run on high powered machines, and you can browse/stream/check email/do light gaming on every os. So there isn't one compelling reason to go with osx. I will say it's snappy on the mini9, and people love it. Lots of oohs and aahs over the size of the computer itself, and over the fact that 'it's a mac.'
What would I do? Dual boot osx and w7.
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: United States
07-27-2009, 03:36 AM
Try out both that is your best bet to figure out what you would like the best... heck, you could even dual boot
Honestly, each OS has its pros and cons... and they can both accomplish the same tasks in the long run. I like Windows 7 over Vista, but I also have a lot of experience with Mac OSX Leopard.
Try them both and see what you prefer... good luck.
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Join Date: Jul 2009
07-27-2009, 04:00 AM
Thanks for the informative replies everyone.
Dual booting both W7 and Os X sounds like an awesome idea, however I can't justify owning both due to my tight budget.
As far as spyware and malware goes, I'll acknowledge that MS machines own more than 99% of the exploit market, however I will contend that as long as a machine is regularly scanned and cleaned, viruses shouldn't be a big problem. I don't recall having any major problems in the past 10 years with my Zone Alarm/AVG/Spybot combo. *knock on wood*
Virtual machines are great and may be viable solution...but it has got me thinking...do I really need to be accenting my professor's face with facial hair akin to Hitler in CS4 during class? Maybe I should stick to my original promise of making this a dedicated note taking machine.
Join Date: Mar 2009
07-27-2009, 04:13 AM
Yeah, I had Windows 7 installed for less than a day on my Mini and hated it, glad you like it, but if I have to run a MS OS, I still prefer XP.
My XP machine may be old and slow, but it sucks just waiting for the boot up. It never bothered me until I got my Mini with an SSD. It rips and burns DVD's like a demon though.
I have never had an issue with viruses in XP, and I too still run ZoneAlarm and AVG, but it is nice to not need to run either. Or have to update an anti-virus everyday, just to maintain a system.
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