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Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: United States
05-12-2009, 01:29 PM
I personally do not mind Ubuntu (it is perfectly functional) or Windows (specifically Win7)... but I choose Mac OSX Leopard because it is my personal preference. The user experience and overall functionality of OSX is more enjoyable for me. Also, I have used Macs my whole life and thought it would be a fun project to run a Mac netbook... and it has been a great experience.
Honestly, you cannot go wrong running OSX on the Mini 9... but you will still get functionality out of the netbook running Ubuntu or Win7. I am not going to be biased and say that OSX is the end-all-be-all solution.
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Join Date: Apr 2009
05-12-2009, 01:36 PM
I'm biased towards Ubuntu so I won't try to make an unbiased recommendation, but I will say that if you are considering staying with Ubuntu, please consider installing Ubuntu 9.04 straight from Ubuntu instead of sticking with Dell's customized version based on Ubuntu 8.04. In not just my opinion, Dell Ubuntu gives Ubuntu a bad name and is not the best representation of what Ubuntu is capable of.
Join Date: Mar 2009
05-12-2009, 03:21 PM
1) It performs very well. I did a boot comparison between a powerbook g4 1.67 gz and an intel macbook both running leopard and the mini smoked both.
2) It looks amazing. After you run dell efi and have everything not stretched out, leopard looks amazing and just feels cool running this awesome os on a little netbook.
3) Stable as hell. I have to say that osx on the mini is very stable. I got sleep to work and open and close it all day at class etc.. I also noticed that it runs smoother than ubuntu, there arent those blinky pointers etc..
4) Ram upgrade, On ubuntu you couldnt put more than 1gb of ram in it, in osx you can max it out and have 2gb of ram , making things faster etc..
5)Software is awesome, I find using osx better than ubuntu because you have access to great software. Not just apple software like mail and iphoto but also 3rd party stuff like ms office 08 for mac, all are easy to install and some are unable to work in ubuntu.
6) Popularity, every class or whenver I take the mini out people seem to freak out. I was at starbucks once on campus and the guy next to me was using his mbp and I whipped the mini out with the apple logo on it and the guy started asking me questions and was examining it like some kind of artifact. I have had 1 person offer me 100-150 to install it but I refused, telling them it was easy to do and that they should get their own copy of leopard.
1) install can get hairy if you dont follow the steps. I suggest using the retail leopard disc install method as its pretty straight forward and easy to do. I just used my xbox 360 external hddvd drive.
2)No graphics card, not having a dedicated graphics card hinders your ability to run intensive games etc... but I wouldnt want to play them on the mini anyway
These are the only cons I can think of, i love the illuminated keyboard on my powerbook so maybe if the mini had one of those (way to costly) it would be better. ANyway hope this helped. If you have any questions pm me.
Join Date: Mar 2009
05-12-2009, 05:31 PM
I'm now dual-booting OS X and Ubuntu 9.04 and getting the best of both worlds.
Join Date: Dec 2008
05-12-2009, 05:53 PM
I also tried Ubuntu for some time before the OSX installation, and I was impressed with the system.
For those who just want to check email and surf the net, with an occasional side trip into some basic applications, Ubuntu is more than adequate.
My reason for going the OSX route is that I own two real Macs, and I saw the OSX experience as an opportunity to learn. It has been good for that !
Just my $.02.
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