View Full Version : What kind of computer should I get?

April 11th, 2007, 06:24 PM
I need to get a new labtop and will be running Ubuntu and OSX or Windows (I am doing this because their are some apps that I just have to have like quickbooks) But 98 percent of the time I will be using it with Ubuntu.
So, What kind of computer should I get? A Mac? or and regular computer... What I'm looking for is reasons one would be better than another. Does anyone know if the cam on a mac would work with Ubuntu?

The Net Duck

April 11th, 2007, 06:29 PM
Wow, you're likely to get all kinds of answers. I'd say you're unlikely to get stuck in the mud for long if you go with Intel or an I-clone inside. They make Macs this way, too now.

April 11th, 2007, 11:36 PM
Ya your probablly right about gettting a lot of differnt answers but I think looking at every option is good. I just need something that I can do my programming on, that will work well and that I can have a good multi media experience too. I won't touch Vista, not on my life (It scares me) to big. So if I go with a regular pc, I would be using XP and Linux.

April 12th, 2007, 01:44 AM
won't touch Vista, not on my life (It scares me) to big. So if I go with a regular pc, I would be using XP and Linux.

If you looking for new and want namebrand, then you may want to either build or get a Mac. Nearly all PC retailers only have Vista now.

If you want a PC, w/out Windows (And then get XP elsewhere), there is of course system76.com, which sells Ubuntu computers. Dell has some no-OS laptops (http://www.dell.com/linux -- click on laptops) too.


Michael Moore

April 12th, 2007, 05:48 PM
It is very easy to get Feisty working on a Macbook or Macbook Pro.

April 13th, 2007, 03:00 AM
Your the man Mike. When the final release comes out are you going to make a how to for that version of Ubuntu? BTW Why do you have to install a different Boot Manager to make it work. Shouldn't it work with GRUB?... Hum.. Anyway thanks!

One more thing,
Is it possible to partition the hard drive into three parts, one part as the linux os one part as the apple os and the other as a big hard drive that both OS's can read from. For instance my music, programs and documents would be saved on the third partition while being able to be read by both operating systems?

The Net Duck

April 14th, 2007, 05:49 AM
Just a couple of months ago I bought a no-os sager laptop (http://www.sagernotebook.com/pages/notebooks/product.cfm?ProductType=5760) that I am going to bring tomorrow next weekend if you are going to be at the meeting. I am still having issues getting the dvd-rom to work but that is because I want to recompile the DSDT instead of setting acpi=off.

Update - seesh: I think I am confused because I have it on my calender as the second saturday of the month...

April 14th, 2007, 08:41 AM
There is a meeting tomarrow? I think the next meeting is on the 21 for the release party. ;)

The Net Duck

May 3rd, 2007, 06:33 PM
I use a 12" Powerbook G4 867mhz for my Ubuntu 7.04 install :)