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OSNews, Generic OSes Over the years, we've occasionally run an "Ask OSNews" feature, wherein a reader asks us a question and we answer it publicly. Lately I've really been enjoying Slate's Dear Prudence advice column and the ever-interesting Straight Dope, and I thought we should see if we can get more OSNews readers to submit questions, and turn Ask OSNews into a more-regular thing. If your question falls outside of our domain expertise, we'll try to track down an expert to help out. And of course, our responses will always be supplemented by further advice from OSNews readers in the comments. Questions are welcome on any topic ranging from OSes and computing to science and geek culture. Contact us with your questions. (Please include "Ask OSNews" in the subject). Today's question is from a young student in Hungary who's seduced by the faraway siren song of Apple's marketing and wonders, "should I switch?"
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Hackintosh - cheap and O.K.
by somnolik on Wed 27th May 2009 15:03 UTC
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2009-05-27

In regard to this part of the question:
I just want to know your opinion about the operating systems. I'll use it for internet, movie playing, music, e-mail, etc. Maybe sometimes edit a music or a movie.


After over a decade of experience with both DOS/Windows and Linux, and more recently about a year's worth of experience with leopard, I came to the conclusion that Mac OS X seems to be a good combination of windows' usability and the robustness of a BSD-based system.

What I really like about Leopard so far:

- Familiarity. If you've got linux-experience on a terminal-level, you're at home. After all, it's bash on a POSIX-compliant system. Yay. Plus, there's a lot of useful command-line-tools. Just about, whatis or man your way through.

- Keyboard friendliness. You can easily remap the keyboard shortcuts for most programs in the system preferences. And: Some of the standard emacs-shortcuts work in about every program and system dialog. Go ahead! Ctrl-A-K the crap out of every line of text that dares to cross your path!

- Some built-in servers. Under System Preferences - Sharing you'll find servers for vnc, ssh, ftp, http and some more.

- Many open-source solutions available. I use:
-- Internet: Firefox and Plainview (for browsing fullscreen)
-- Movie Playing: MPlayer OSX Extended - it performs better than vlc and plays about everything
-- Music: Didn't find a perfect solution yet. Vox is nice, Songbird too.
-- EMail: Thunderbird
-- Simple Audio editing: Audacity
-- Simple Video editing: Avidemux
-- There's a nice overview of more software at http://www.opensourcemac.org


I personally use one of those ubiquitous Asus EEEPCs, 1000H, dual-boot OS X and a very affordable student version of XP, so the whole setup was quite cheap: 400€ (back then) for the netbook, 10€ for XP and about 100€ for os x, that comes to a total of 510€.

Due to the very weak Intel Atom CPU in the eeepc, I cannot do more complex audio or video editing, en-/recoding. Sometimes flash video gets choppy, and i definitely can't watch hd video. But that should be no problem if you go for a core2 cpu and a mac supported nvidia chip.

All in all I have to go along with David Adams - get a Hackintosh if you've either got the time to search the forums (for example on infinitemac.com ) for a 100% supported notebook, or skills and time to fix a less supported model.

If that doesn't apply to you, I'd just go for a Win or Linux machine, because in my opinion, 100 bucks are a reasonable sum to pay for a very good operating system, but the advantages of os x don't weigh up the extreme price of genuine apple hardware.

Either way: Have fun with your new Hardware ;)

Edited 2009-05-27 15:08 UTC

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