Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 10th Jul 2005 12:01 UTC
Mac OS X Most reviews of Tiger were conducted on fairly new and fast Macs. This article, however, focuses on running it on a low-end Mac. And, to the reviewer's surprise, it runs ok.
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by Celerate on Mon 11th Jul 2005 00:42 UTC
Celerate
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2005-06-29

Just curious, I saw the other question about whether it would be worthwhile to get a mini now or not, and I'm curious if 2 years is the longest one can safely assume the thing will still be able to run new software releases. With the fat binaries I was assuming that the PPC architecture was going to be supported for a long time yet, at least 5 years to be honest.

I don't think I could get a Mac for at least a month, but when I do I would like to make sure the investment will last a long time since its a big one considering my paycheck. I am wondering if in that case it wouldn't be wiser to wait until the early Mactels are released. Does anyone know when the first ones are going to show up?

Having heard some questionable information about Apple's track record, would it be a good idea to be one of those early adopters of the first Mactel machines, or would I be better off getting a PCC based Mac or waiting and getting one of the later Mactel ones?

Thanks.

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RE: Question
by kaiwai on Mon 11th Jul 2005 02:26 in reply to "Question"
kaiwai Member since:
2005-07-06

Well, the fact remains that the first Mactel minis wouldn't probabkly arrive for another 1 1/2 years; the fact remains, coupled that with the fact that x86 native applications will take some time to appear on the shelves (online and at shops), I'd say its a safe beat to purchase a Mac now; with that being said, you're better off purchasing a iMac or PowerMac, you're simply wasting your time with a mini-Mac, the processor is too slow, the hard disk is sluggish, and the memory expandability makes me ROFL.

In regards to a 'shelf life', for a mini-Mac, you're looking at 2 years *MAX* before it becomes completely usless; spend the extra money now on a G5, and it will be secure for atleast 3-4 years, without any problems.

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