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Old 01-26-2006, 03:50 AM   #1
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Red Hat to support Apple's Intel Mac. But why?


According to Gillian Farquhar, Red Hat's representative, the company plans to include Apple's Intel based Macs to its list of supported platform for its distribution of LINUX. Read more at http://www.alllinuxcd.com
 
Old 01-26-2006, 02:20 PM   #2
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Don't know whether it'll be easy but it's an attractive hardware platform because it is uniform ! You know exactly what you get.

But I wouldn't install Linux on a Mac. MacOSX is good enough not to have to bother with something like that.
 
Old 01-26-2006, 08:15 PM   #3
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But I wouldn't install Linux on a Mac. MacOSX is good enough not to have to bother with something like that.
If you don't mind proprietary software, and a crapload of unnecessary eye candy.
 
Old 01-27-2006, 12:46 AM   #4
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There are many people out there who like mac hardware but not the OS, so I am sure there will be a lot of interest in Linux running on the new Macs.
 
Old 01-27-2006, 01:57 AM   #5
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If you don't mind proprietary software, and a crapload of unnecessary eye candy.
True but a small price to pay for not having to endlessly fiddle for everything to work, and that without worrying about the bloody thing getting corrupted just because you use it like Windows!


Linux on x86 has just reached that stage where it mostly works without having to take out the tool box for every little thing. As much as I like it, it still needs to progress in a few departments before I consider it worthwhile to buy a Mac and wipe out MacOSX.


Now with an x86 core, I'd be most interested in hosting a full linux distro on one of the cores ! That'd be interesting....
 
Old 01-27-2006, 10:49 AM   #6
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Red Hat knows perfectly well the potential advantage of getting there first.
 
Old 01-31-2006, 09:59 AM   #7
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But I wouldn't install Linux on a Mac. MacOSX is good enough not to have to bother with something like that.
OSx is a great stand alone OS, it is nice if you are networking it with other OSx systems, but to network it and really use is as a "*nix" platform can be with thinclient via remote X, NFS, etc... it is just not there. to much of the power of the *nix kernel and the X-project is missing to make it as good as pure linux.

it can not be beat in its 3 areas of its specialization though.

1 audio editing

2 video editing

3 stand alone desktop/workstation

for those things it is great, but other then that i prefer linux to any OS i have worked with.
 
Old 01-31-2006, 05:23 PM   #8
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for those things it is great, but other then that i prefer linux to any OS i have worked with.

completely with you on that.
 
Old 01-31-2006, 09:43 PM   #9
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it can not be beat in its 3 areas of its specialization though.

2 video editing
Wih regards to Mac's video editing software, I have an interesting story. A friend of mine was taking a class in which he had to produce a DVD of a performance he did. The teacher showed him how to use the Macs in the lab to edit the video and all that stuff. That was all well and good, but he didn't have time to do it all then, so did some, but then he waited to the last minute to finish, and couldn't get into the lab to do it. So, knowing how good I am with computers, he called me up, and asked me for help. I tell him, "I've never used it before, but I've got software that can do it." I was referring to Kino, of course. He comes over to my apartment, and I have mostly figured out how to use Kino by the time he gets here. He's an idiot with computers (otherwise a very intelligent person), but I showed him how to use Kino, and he got down to work on my computer. Once I was done watching Family Guy, I come in and help. When we're about done, he tells me, "You know, this is a lot easier, and way faster than the one at school."
So, in my own personal experience, Macs don't quite rule as hard as one might think in terms of video editing, when compared with Linux.
 
Old 02-01-2006, 02:12 AM   #10
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Interesting indeed
 
Old 02-01-2006, 11:14 AM   #11
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Ive used Mac my entire life, the first computer i had was the old black and white macintosh. Ive always used windows machines with school and work and what not, but always had a mac at home, even converted a few people over from the darkside.

Up untill last year, i had never owned a non mac. I now have two, for good reasons, the lap top i got free and run linux on it, the dell i got for 40 bucks so my GF can go to court reporting school online.

When i head late last year that Macs were going to have Intel chips in them, I about shat my pants. But once i started thinking about it, and now that i have gotten more familiar with Winders and Linux, I think it might be pretty cool to have a machine that runs all three, it is possible isnt it?
 
Old 02-01-2006, 08:39 PM   #12
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I think it might be pretty cool to have a machine that runs all three, it is possible isnt it?

should be from what i understand. now not 100% that windows will run on the new MACs with the intel chips, but it "should"
 
Old 02-01-2006, 09:33 PM   #13
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should be from what i understand. now not 100% that windows will run on the new MACs with the intel chips, but it "should"
I would think that getting Windows installed on an Intel Mac, or installing x86 OSX, on a non-Mac computer shouldn't be a problem. I think the only problem would come with the rest of the hardware. Some Mac hardware may not be supported in Windows, and vice versa.
 
  


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