Linked by Eugenia Loli on Fri 14th Apr 2006 04:45 UTC, submitted by dbprice
Sun Solaris, OpenSolaris Community contributor Jürgen Keil and Sun engineer Jan Setje-Eilers have been working together to get OpenSolaris based operating systems to work under Apple's BootCamp. Today Jan announced that he had successfully installed and booted build 36 of Solaris Nevada (plus some hacks). A series of bugfixes to make OpenSolaris distributions "just work" have been identified.
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What's a Mac?
by ThanhLy on Fri 14th Apr 2006 15:16 UTC
ThanhLy
Member since:
2006-03-14

I'm not trying to be sarcastic. Seriously: what's a Mac? What is it at this point in time, that defines a Mac. What makes a Mac a "Mac"?

It's not a personal computer that stands out as using a different CPU architecture (PowerPC). Even when it was PowerPC inside, OSX was not the exclusive OS.

Although the Might Mouse looks like the traditional 1 button mouse, technically it functions like a multi-button mouse.

ADC is gone. Standard DVI now.

Firewire now seems more like an equal to USB rather than dominant on the Mac platform.

I'm not making complaints. Just observations. So what makes these machines unique now-a-days? With what are we able to still call these machines "Macs"?

I guess it's just a branding thing, because of their heritage and because only Apple makes them. It's like calling a Dell PC a "Dell." But I never heard anyone refer to an PC made by Alienware, HP, etc. litterally as "Alienware" or "HP."

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RE: What's a Mac?
by fepede on Fri 14th Apr 2006 15:53 in reply to "What's a Mac?"
fepede Member since:
2005-11-14

I'm not making complaints. Just observations. So what makes these machines unique now-a-days? With what are we able to still call these machines "Macs"?

Good quality hardware that have also the added value to be able to run OS X.

(Not to mention the good design quality, especially important on notebook)

That's a Mac nowadays.

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RE[2]: What's a Mac?
by Emil on Fri 14th Apr 2006 17:40 in reply to "RE: What's a Mac?"
Emil Member since:
2005-06-29

''Good quality hardware''

You have misspelled "off the shelf".

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RE: What's a Mac?
by Angel--Fr@gzill@ on Fri 14th Apr 2006 18:48 in reply to "What's a Mac?"
Angel--Fr@gzill@ Member since:
2005-12-23

Well, I understand your points..

Still there are some caracteristics tha make the Macs unique:

- Original and elegant hardware and software design.
- Ease of use and ergonomy
- The Mac OS X, that only runs in an Apple Mac machines (the PC intel hack is just a "hack" and too slow), that is a solid, nice, pretty and full features OS

Not to mention that, if you know a female that uses a Mac to work, or at home, and you tell her how good, nice, and easy this machine is, and how much better and secure than Windows, OSX is... And then you talk to her about how the 'Aqua' wallpaper match the color of her eyes, you have it almost done.. even without paying a dinner.

Does it not make the Macs-OS X great computers ?

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