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post #31 of 44
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Originally Posted by strange_wings View Post
If those using Windows at this time don't like it you can do something about it and it won't cost you a single dime...
If you can make do with generic applications. I have several must-use apps that only run on Windows. My alternative would cost me many, many dimes (Mac w/ Windows VMWare)
post #32 of 44
My main PC is running Vista but I also have an older one using XP. Personally, I absolutely hate Vista. It's the worst OS ever released IMO. When I get a laptop, it's definitely going to be a Mac.
post #33 of 44
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If you can make do with generic applications. I have several must-use apps that only run on Windows. My alternative would cost me many, many dimes (Mac w/ Windows VMWare)
Wait... you've realized you can use VMWare on Macs, but not that you can run it on other unix-like OS'es too?
post #34 of 44
Indeed you can. I use MS Money and Photoshop in VMWare on an Acer 1100 Running LinuxMint 5.0 and Kubuntu 8.04 in dual boot. It works just dandy, though sometimes it seems to be a tiny bit slow. But, compared to Linux, pretty much anything Windows is a little slower
post #35 of 44
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Originally Posted by strange_wings View Post
Wait... you've realized you can use VMWare on Macs, but not that you can run it on other unix-like OS'es too?
Hmmmm....no.....didn't know. Really? Hey, I'm going to have to look into that. Are the unix Windows emulators open-source freebies, too? Do they work as well as the Mac emulators? Man.....this could be cool. I need a new computer and I've been hesitating because I don't want Vista, and Macs cost too much. Strange_wings, can you give me some links so I can get up to speed on what I need to know?
post #36 of 44
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If you can make do with generic applications. I have several must-use apps that only run on Windows. My alternative would cost me many, many dimes (Mac w/ Windows VMWare)
I have a MacBook Pro which dual boots into Windows for those pesky Windows only programs. Ok, so it's still not cheap compared to other options, but everything runs so well, and I've been very happy with it.
post #37 of 44
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Are the unix Windows emulators open-source freebies, too?
I use VirtualBox, which has an open source edition.
post #38 of 44
coaster - Just know that nothing is perfect, especially if it's constantly being improved. There'll be bugs, but then again I think everyone is used to dealing with them.

With all the live distros out there to choose from, have fun. The 'buntus are popular now and do have a good support forum. Depending on what you're running stat wise you could also look for something streamlined down and aimed more at getting the most out of a slightly older pc.
post #39 of 44
My reasons for wanting a Mac have much to do with the pleasure of working with the Mac OS. If I were to go the Linux/VMWare route, what advantage would that be to me over just installing Windows XP on a new Intel box?
post #40 of 44
^ Not having to deal with XP for the most part. Remember, you were complaining about XP and Vista.

So far the only Windows app I miss is Foobar. A nice little music player and tagger. No other player on any OS is even remotely as useful.

What I don't get... is why not have multiple PCs? It's always best to have more then one - especially if you need one to order parts for the computer that broke. (been there, done that a couple times) If they still boot in some form or another I don't through them out, I can always use them for something. Of course, DH and I have separate computers too... I don't share very well.
post #41 of 44
Linux Mint has just released a distro with an Xfce desktop. It's nice and light, quite fast even with low end resources, and the best part about the "Mints", they come packaged with most of the required codecs for multimedia.

The only thing is, I've not played with it yet, and I'm not sure at all how well the VM family will work with it.
post #42 of 44
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What I don't get... is why not have multiple PCs? It's always best to have more then one - .
You're talking to the guy who practically invented multiple PCs. I ran Mac & Windows side-by-side for some time back in the 90's, and before that it was some other combination (try on an Atari Mega II ST with a clunky MS-DOS portable) -- but there's always an extra PC or two laying around. I have two laptops in the room right now and another in a box in the basement. And that's after cleaning house and tossing two still-working PCs. One was my beloved Mac IIci, which still booted up just fine after being in a box for many years, though the clock was dead and the PRAM reverted to default. And I don't even remember how many laptops I've gone through. Starting with a TRS-80 Model 100, which is probably my all-time favorite laptop and there's still some of my programs for it floating around the internet.

Oh, sorry, to answer your question: it's a matter of space available.
post #43 of 44
2000/NT were the best platforms w/o all that graphics crap.

XP is tolerable and I use this, too.
I don't mess around w/Vista.

Also, no love for linux??? I had a system on Redhat/Fedora and now using Ubuntu.

Never got into Macs, too expensive. Though, I see why people love the interface. I do however have an M0001 Mac (every nerds dream!).
post #44 of 44
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Also, no love for linux??? I had a system on Redhat/Fedora and now using Ubuntu.
There's a couple of us on here that push it. Just look through this thread. Before linux I used win2k for years. My only real complaint with it was that it was a bit slow accessing folders/drives.

Once I get my house straightened out I'll probably use a spare pc for XP. Japanese language support still isn't that great on linux - there's a big problem that will get in my way. I only have one purpose for that so it's not worth dual booting (I want both computers on at the same time).
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