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Join Date: Aug 2009
09-16-2009, 09:30 AM
i think it depends a lot of your personal circumstances if it is worth the trouble or not. not that there is a lot of trouble, at least not for me as i was very lucky with my 10v installation. once the trackpad is really usable, it will be the perfect laptop for traveling.
it is small enough to take whereever, battery life is very good, it is cheap enough that if it breaks or gets stolen it is not a huge desaster. i always had an uneasy feeling when i traveled with my macbook, this is a thing of the past. once my setup is final, i'll clone the harddrive and can reimage the netbook if something goes wrong. for me, the perfect setup, at least until apple releases something in the same size and price range.
however, as my main machine, not sure if i would like to rely on a hackintosh system and spend lots of time to get it to work, only to have it break with the next software update.
bottom line: for me, it is worth every second i invested into my 10v.
Join Date: Jan 2009
09-16-2009, 10:15 AM
I've had my mini9 since December and for me it is definitely worth the effort. It has replaced my MacBook as my "carry around" machine and is also the reason that I haven't bought an iPhone yet.
I think I have done three installations now - my initial Type11 install, then when I switched to DellEFI, then again when I wanted to repartition my SSD. My next one will be the Snow Leopard / NBI one. But I didn't find any a big deal.
I did the 10.5.7 and 10.5.8 upgrades fairly soon after they were released and they went fairly smoothly with support from this forum. The only upgrade I'm avoiding at the moment is the iTunes 9 one.
To put this in context, I've had a Mac Mini for 18 months and I've done two installations on that (plus there was the initial installation it came with). And that had a variety of issues after the last install which took me a while to tidy up.
Overall, I don't consider my mini9 to take any more trouble than any of my real Macs. And it is ideal for my needs. So I'm really happy.
Join Date: Mar 2009
09-16-2009, 04:34 PM
my experience with OSX have been acceptable in this regard. the install of 10.5.6 was painless, the subsequent upgrades to .7 and .8 were muddy but only took a couple of hours. i've never had to reload the OS from scratch or reload for backup (which i keep with Time Machine). The experience has been so good that i got an iMac for my wife (very pleased) and replaced most of my other mode infrastructure with Apple products.
for this positive experience i credit Apple, the DellEFI developers, and the helpful support of the people in this forum.
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