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Join Date: Jan 2009
Re: OS Shootout - 03-10-2009, 02:53 AM
OSX not supported?, yes. but runs almost perfectly. and imo better than ubuntu. yes, back before i tried it no way would i spend 100+ for leopard. but i found the os at the school bookstore for only $69. and now after i have tried it and seen how well it runs there is no doubt in my mind i would spend $100 or more on it. it's simply that amazing.
how is xp not supported again?[/quote:35k46hsw]
micro$oft has technically stopped supporting XP.
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Join Date: Oct 2008
Re: OS Shootout - 03-10-2009, 03:06 AM
Microsoft has not stopped supporting XP. Not even close.
While retail and OEM license availability has ended, they're still selling XP Home licenses for things such as the Mini 9 until June 30, 2010. "Mainstream" support ends in April of this year, but that puts a full stop on major changes/upgrades/etc. Extended support for XP will continue until 2014, and that includes paid support and free security fixes.
Join Date: Mar 2009
Re: OS Shootout - 03-10-2009, 04:29 AM
I do not feel the need to run Linux. Sure it's powerful (like every other modern OS out there), free, and makes you feel "cool" because you're bucking the trend, but I lost the desire to muck around with command line interfaces, clunky GUIs, questionable driver support, and cryptic programs and options back in the 80s.
My vote is for Windows 7. I played with the beta and I'm just waiting for RC1 (and my RunCore damn it) before putting it on my Mini.
Join Date: Mar 2009
Re: OS Shootout - 03-10-2009, 05:33 AM
At first I only planned to lurk on this board but I decided to actually make an account for this discussion.
So far it's three pages of posts and everyone has picked their preferences and no one has really given good reason why... only that they have a preference.
I ordered my Mini 9 on Feb 27 and have it shipping with Ubuntu 8.04 since that kept the price down... however I am still figuring out of that's what I want to stay with.
I'm really torn here -- I use Vista Ultimate on my home workstation/gaming rig, XP Pro and OS X 10.5.4 at work, Linux Mint 5 on my Dell Inspiron 6000, XP Pro and Windows 7 on my HTPC, and a Mac Mini with Leopard on it as another HTPC in a different room.
Hopefully you guys can generate some proper recommendations for me. First off - OS cost isn't an issue. I have an MSDN account as far as the Microsoft stuff goes, and I can get OS X through work. And Linux goes without saying...
For me, the Mini 9 will provide what I need a netbook for -- a browser and a chat client, and so far all three major operating systems cover that description. My next big issue is battery life -- I'm not sure, as far as the Mini 9 goes -- if using any one OS will put down enough load to drain the battery significantly faster than any other OS. So if you're dual booting, I'd really like your comparative input.
Another issue is GPS. I have a copy of MS Streets and Trips and a MS branded USB GPS receiver so Windows is covered, however, I'd like to give Viking a try for Ubuntu if I can get the GPS receiver to read. So if anyone has experience with that that they can share that would be great. Or if anyone has a Mac alternative, I'm all ears.
The last decision maker is using the Mini 9 as a media player. I'll probably end up using VLC regardless of OS, but I really, really enjoy using Plex on my Mac Mini so if anyone can share how they have that running that would be great. And I suppose if you have XBMC on your Linux or Windows builds, then I'd like to hear about that also. Also, if you can let me know what quality of video stuff you can play back on whichever OS you're using (anyone get smooth 720p *.mkv playback off a thumb drive or external? 480p Hulu streaming? Divx/xvid?) that would be great.
The only other things I can think of that would affect the OS would be a web and PHP development environment... but Eclipse is cross platform enough so I think I'm covered there.
So that's a bit long winded, but hopefully the community can shoot me back some helpful feedback.
mini9 - obsidian - 4gb stec ssd - 2gb pc2-5300 - bluetooth - 1.3mp webcam - ubuntu 8.10
Join Date: Jan 2009
Re: OS Shootout - 03-10-2009, 06:11 AM
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