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Coffee cat! So cute.

After Leopard… Lynx as in Linux?

Summary (very light summary):

“So why would Apple even want to venture into supporting Linux on OS X “Lynx?’. . . countries are embracing the collaborative model of open source on a national level to fend off caged IT models. Apple’s future moves to support Linux natively on OS X via “Lynx” will drive this revolution even farther than the eye could see”

The story goes through a lot of things that Apple may do in the future.read more | digg story

My Take

Personally I’d love to be able to run Linux in OS X or at least linux apps, I know you can do some of this with Fink & X11 But to be able to run SuSE, Gentoo, or Ubuntu inside OS X would be cool. With boot camp I’m sure the Gentoo users will get it dual booting, so I’ll be looking foward to that when I get my macbook. And I know a lot of my Linux friends will be buying a mac laptop if they can run linux on it natively, or concurrently.

And hopefully more desktop versions of Linux will be easy enough that nongeeks will want to use it and will want to use it on apple hardware.

Edit, 4/21/2006 1:09am:

Parallels Workstation looks very promising, this program allows you to run all types of OSes inside of a window in OS X. You can even run multiple OS concurrently. Parallels can run MSDOS, Win 3.1 – XP to, Red hat Linux and other versions of Linux, I even read a story about someone running Next’s Openstep in it! The new beta has added some features such as being able to run the guest OS in full screen mode (it hides the apple menu atop, so it looks exactly as if it running as the only OS) the best part about this is support for dual monitors, So now I can run gentoo or ubuntu fullscreen on one monitor and OS X on the other. This is what I call heaven!

Edit, 10/11/2007 4:07am:

Currently I have Ubuntu 7.04 running in Parallels it wasn’t very easy to get it going, but it wasn’t super difficult either. Just to be clear installing Ubuntu is very easy, it just that Parallels can be fussy.

MacBook (non-pro) to Arrive in 30-60 days; My Spec Requests

“Apple has begun manufacturing its new MacBook and should have the laptop in consumer hands in the next 30-60 days, sources report. The MacBook and it will indeed be called the MacBook, sources have confirmed, as Apple will be dropping the iBook moniker.”

~ via Digg

read more | digg story

My Take

Recent rumors of the macbook (non pro, previously known as ibook) finally being released sometime between May and June has me quite excited. So far I’ve read that the macbook will sport a 13.3in display with 1280×720 resolution ! : Finally, I mean seriously I can’t believe that the ibook was still running at 1024×768 especially the 14 inch!

The next major concern I have is that they will use an integrated graphics chip in all version of the macbook, I mean I can understand if they put one in the low end version, but they should have a second ibook version that has a 64mb graphics card, or at least 32mb. Or at least an upgrade path. With the mid-end Dell laptop line (inspiron E1505) for example you can upgrade the laptop from a Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 950 to either an ATI 128mb x1300 Hypermemory for $79 or ATI 256 x1400 Hypermemory $143. The Intel GMA 950 chip is also used in Mac Mini with Intel, this is what is suspected to be included in the macbook. The Inspirion E1505 has a base price of $1261 (w/ 128mb card $1340 & w/ 256mb card $1404) Now I don’t want to get into a total comparison of who is priced better Dell or Apple, I just am pointing out that it is an affordable option to upgrade the card if you need to, I would gladly pay $143 to get the x1400 instead of the GMA 950.

Also rumored is that the industrial design of the macbook will be the greatest change to the computer line, that Apple has made in years. Hopefully not some shiny black case that scratches easily.

So will I buy a macbook. . .? All I can say is I definitely won’t if it has less than 1280 resolution screen, a video card that is integrated (with no optional upgrade path), and I’m also hoping that they will put a Express card slot, so that when the EVDO cards do come out I can use them. As of now the ibook has no slot of any kind.

So what if they do all the things I don’t like? Then I’ll be waiting for the macbook pro with a conroe chip or maybe a 13.3in macbook pro. I didn’t buy the macbook pro because the apps I want to use (Creative suite, Final Cut Express) are not available yet. For me personally the whole point of the macbook pro is to have a top of the line notebook, which I believe it is, but by the time I get to use it it’s full potential it we be a year old. So when Creative Suite and Final Cut Express comes out I will be buying a high end system.

Note: I know I’m making a lot of demands on the macbook, but I’m not saying all this features need to be in a $999 version. I would gladly pay $1499 for a 13.3in ibook 1280×720 res. Screen, 512mb ddr2 ram, 128mb x1300 card, (which I doubt they do.), 60gb 5200rpm SATA drive (hopefully i can upgrade it to a 7200rpm 100gb drive) & a Superdrive.

Linux too bloated for $100 Laptop???

“The One Laptop Per Child organization will use Linux on its inexpensive machines, but apparently the OS suffers the same code bloat as Windows, the project’s leader said Tuesday.”

read more | digg story

This story obvious is just trying to be a bit “shocky” in order to get readers. (Which is fine by me.) The title of the story is only reflected in about 1 of 17 paragraphs, so the article doesn’t really talk much about why Linux is considered bloated by Mr. Negroponte. To say that Linux is bloated, and then compare it to Windows is quite false.

Linux in a strict sense is suppose to refer to the kernel of the OS. Which probably does have some bloat to it since it doesn’t have every 3rd party developer writing drivers for them, so they come supplied in the kernel.

Most people think of Linux as Distros, with a windowing system, utilities and basic apps. Linux is often and incorrectly thought of as Redhat, SuSE, Ubuntu, etc, but this are really distributions, that come with hundreds or thousand of other programs. If Windows came with most of every program that you used, you would have yourself a good handful of discs. With Linux & Linux distros you can rip out whatever you want or rewrite what ever part you want, it is open source, if the code is bloated then you can fine tune it. Can’t do that with Windows. I run Linux on a 400mhz PDA (Zaurus SL-5500), and it runs great. Linux has been made to run on watches, pdas (link 2), Phones, dance floors, beer kegs, plus tons of other interesting things. So I’m pretty sure it can handle a 500mhz machine with 128mb of memory. Yes, by spending time with the code (An unavailable option with Windows) you can make it run a lot faster, but I would guess that any advanced Linux user could get Linux running quite well on MITs 100 dollar laptop. So if Mr. Negroponte can’t get his engineers to, then I’m shocked.