Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 26th May 2009 20:56 UTC
Mac OS X Getting Mac OS X up and running on a computer without an Apple label has always been a bit of a hassle. You needed customised Mac OS X disks, updates would ruin all your hard work, and there was lots of fiddling with EFI and the likes. Ever since the release of boot-132, this is no longer the case. Read on for how setting up a "Hack"intosh really is as easy as 1, 3, 2.
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RE[2]: I am cheating...
by tupp on Wed 27th May 2009 21:45 UTC in reply to "RE: I am cheating..."
tupp
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2006-11-12

Good grief, with OS X and Vista on there, a third drive for Linux is a god-awful waste of space.
That's like buying a Ferrari and a BMW, then going out and purchasing a Yugo.

I keep hearing the comparison of Macs to Ferraris and of other computers to "lesser" cars. However, this metaphor is utterly inaccurate.

A better analogy would be to compare types of computers to brands of cars.

For instance, Macs are like Volkswagens -- a lot of Macs have the cute looks of a Volkswagen Beetle, and a lot of girls like them.

Volkswagen does make other nice looking cars, but not really powerful racers. They are simple, but they usually are not very fast and nimble. Looks and simplicity are the appeal of Macs and Volkswagens.

Windows machines are like Fords. Good workhorses, some are very nice looking and stylish (just like Macs/Volkswagen Beetles), some are sporty, but the maintenance is generally more involved than that of cars made outside America. Some Windows/Fords are very, very fast racers.

Linux machines are like all the other cars, including Yugos, Toyotas, old Chevys, Formula 1 race cars, etc. Some Linux computers are just like the fastest car in the world, the ThrustSSC: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ThrustSSC

Linux computers are the fastest machines in existence: http://blogs.computerworld.com/the_worlds_fastest_computers_are_lin...

For many years, the fastest computer in the world was always a Linux computer, and that condition will probably exist for decades. Furthermore, over 75% of the top 500 fastest computers in the world are Linux computers and likely will be Linux computers for many decades.

Probably, no Mac will ever earn the title of "World's Fastest Computer."

There are zillions of different types of Linux machines -- they can't be categorized like the few Macs can be categorized. Linux runs on almost anything. Some are cute/stylish like Macs/Volkswagens, some are powerful workhorses, like Fords. Some are home-made. Some are clunky, and some are the most nimble-handling machines. Some are easy to drive/use, while being limiting when one wants power. Others, take time to learn, but eventually reward the user with speed, power and agility.

So, please stop using the Mac/sportscar analogy. It doesn't really apply.

Edited 2009-05-27 21:53 UTC

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RE[3]: I am cheating...
by MobyTurbo on Thu 28th May 2009 00:37 in reply to "RE[2]: I am cheating..."
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2005-07-08

For many years, the fastest computer in the world was always a Linux computer, and that condition will probably exist for decades. Furthermore, over 75% of the top 500 fastest computers in the world are Linux computers and likely will be Linux computers for many decades.

Probably, no Mac will ever earn the title of "World's Fastest Computer."

No mac is currently the fastest computers, but this one http://www.arc.vt.edu/arc/SystemX/ is pretty fast, the fastest cluster put together by a university at one time. It's common in accedemia and the government to use XServs as clusters like this because it has Xgrid, the easiest to operate grid software. Every US Navy sub also has 39 Xservs in a cluster sitting on it to run the sonar analysis software, both for Xgrid, and because it's one of the quietest rack mounted servers available; important on a modern sub.

Although, in my opinion, Linux makes a better server, don't assume that OS X, which also is Unix, is useless for high performance computing; since with Xgrid, or other Unix software for that matter, it can make a great cluster. Take a look at the hardware in the above link, and consider that today's Xserv is even more powerful, though if you don't have rack mounting needs, a Mac Pro is more cost-effective. (And is actually priced well for what it is, a dual Xeon Unix workstation.)

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RE[4]: I am cheating...
by sciurus on Sat 30th May 2009 05:40 in reply to "RE[3]: I am cheating..."
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2009-05-30


Every US Navy sub also has 39 Xservs in a cluster sitting on it to run the sonar analysis software, both for Xgrid, and because it's one of the quietest rack mounted servers available; important on a modern sub.


Yes, and no. The submarines do use parts from Xserves, but they're mounted in a custom chassis and run linux. See http://www.linuxjournal.com/article/7789

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