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Hello people. I want to make the final choice between Ubuntu and OSX, now that i have tried both.
To the moderators, sorry for placing this in the wrong section, but i did it on purpose because the topics in the Other OS section have not been answered in three weeks. If this is really the wrong section, please move it to the right one.
After i got tired of all the annoyances Ubuntu was giving me to fix (video card issues, segmentation faults, boot failures, they were mostly due to broken hardware) i decided to buy a mac mini in 2008 (Intel Core 2 Duo, 2GB RAM, 80GB harddisk). That was about a year ago. I have now used a mac for about a year. I want to check back on Linux now, to see if it has improved since the last i really used (Gutsy Gibbon). I have also seen that there's a scarce amount of good freeware on Mac OS X, and that gaming on Mac OS X is worse than on Linux. Nearly everything on OS X costs money. That includes upgrading to a new iLife or iWork. Or the new version of the operating system. And if a few new versions get released, you need to buy a new Mac to get good performance. Why do i think gaming sucks on OS X? On Linux, i had fun playing a lot of freeware games. Not only that, WINE worked well the last time i used it. On OS X, half of the freeware games are available and not all of them work well, and Crossover Games (the equivalent to WINE on OS X) is a mess. Firefox 3 is in my opinion better than Safari, but Firefox 3 on the Mac is slow and clunky while on Ubuntu it's fast and light.
However, OS X has been easy to use, and iTunes does work well with my iPod (which i bought after i bought the mac). I am beginning to dislike iTunes though. All the apple-applications are of high quality, while third party quality varies. I like Pidgin more than Adium. I liked Amarok more than iTunes. I liked the taskbar more than the Dock. I like Synaptic more than .DMG's. My Downloads folder is getting stashed with stuff i never delete all the time. This did not happen as frequently on Ubuntu, because i had Synaptic. Ubuntu, for me, wins in usability.
So i want to make a final decision between these two. Ubuntu, or OSX. Ubuntu is the open-source and thus free way. No need to ever pay money for any required computing things. Much software, some bad quality, some good quality. Many freeware games.
OS X is the expensive but high-quality (only in Apple's applications and a few third-party applications) way.
Should i go Ubuntu again, i need to make sure every piece of hardware i have works well. I have a JamVOX that is both Windows and Linux compatible, it is used to record guitar and to get guitar sounds. If not compatible, i will need to keep OS X as dual-boot. I have a Wacom Bamboo Fun tablet that i don't quite frequently use anymore, however i would like it supported. I know everything IN the Mac Mini is fully supported. However the last time i tried the Ubuntu live CD on the mac mini, my apple keyboard layout was mangled.
And even if it then does all work, how do i get Ubuntu onto my Mac Mini? The guides i found on the wiki and community help wiki are either outdated or are incomplete.
The things i mostly use my computer for are:
- Watching video's
- Guitar (JamVOX, Guitar PRO 5 (i found a freeware alternative, i use it on the mac too, called TuxGuitar)
- Editing music
- Schoolwork (they use Microsoft Word)
EDIT: Next post, in which i ask how to dual-boot: here