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New Powerbooks

Unread postby max_impact » Sun Jan 26, 2003 1:07 pm

Hey folks,

I'm looking at buying a notebook and so far been uninspired by any of the Intel-based offerenings. Then I heard about the new Powerbooks. The 17" looks real neat, but it's most likely the 12" I'd be looking at.

Q: what OS options do I have if I decide that I don't get on too well with OS X? I'm a long-time user of Linux and Irix and I'm curious as to whether I could put LinuxPPC on the machine too, ideally as dual boot?

What think y'all?

TIA.

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Re: New Powerbooks

Unread postby nekonoko » Sun Jan 26, 2003 3:05 pm

max_impact wrote:Hey folks,

I'm looking at buying a notebook and so far been uninspired by any of the Intel-based offerenings. Then I heard about the new Powerbooks. The 17" looks real neat, but it's most likely the 12" I'd be looking at.

Q: what OS options do I have if I decide that I don't get on too well with OS X? I'm a long-time user of Linux and Irix and I'm curious as to whether I could put LinuxPPC on the machine too, ideally as dual boot?


Well from one UNIX user to another, I'm going to guess you will be very pleased with Mac OS X all by itself and won't really find a need for installing Linux. I can't think of anything you wouldn't be able to accomplish on OS X with X11 and the free compilers/headers installed that you could under Linux. Check out the Fink project at http://fink.sourceforge.net as one example of the great open source stuff that can be done.

Also check out:

http://www.apple.com/macosx/x11/
http://www.apple.com/lae/macosx/jaguar/unix.html

But if you do decide to dual boot a Linux install, it is very easy to do. Several vendors offer LinuxPPC distros, one quite popular version being Yellow Dog Linux: http://www.yellowdoglinux.com/. I can't speak from experience on how nice this distro is since I'm thrilled with the BSD built into OS X already, but it's always an option.

I have a 15" PowerBook BTW; I love it :)
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Re: New Powerbooks

Unread postby max_impact » Mon Jan 27, 2003 3:48 pm

nekonoko wrote:Well from one UNIX user to another, I'm going to guess you will be very pleased with Mac OS X all by itself and won't really find a need for installing Linux. I can't think of anything you wouldn't be able to accomplish on OS X with X11 and the free compilers/headers installed that you could under Linux. Check out the Fink project at http://fink.sourceforge.net as one example of the great open source stuff that can be done.

Also check out:

http://www.apple.com/macosx/x11/
http://www.apple.com/lae/macosx/jaguar/unix.html

But if you do decide to dual boot a Linux install, it is very easy to do. Several vendors offer LinuxPPC distros, one quite popular version being Yellow Dog Linux: http://www.yellowdoglinux.com/. I can't speak from experience on how nice this distro is since I'm thrilled with the BSD built into OS X already, but it's always an option.

I have a 15" PowerBook BTW; I love it :)


Excellent! Thanks very much - I've been reading these pages and it tells me much of what I wanted to ask. The 3D acceleration is important because I use OpenGL a fair bit :wink:

Technical question - I'm also interested in the iDVD app..... is there any way to get video into the machine other than via the Firewire port? I have some old VHS tapes that I want to digitize before they decompose and wondered if I could kill two birds with one stone, so to speak.

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Re: New Powerbooks

Unread postby nekonoko » Mon Jan 27, 2003 4:54 pm

max_impact wrote:Technical question - I'm also interested in the iDVD app..... is there any way to get video into the machine other than via the Firewire port? I have some old VHS tapes that I want to digitize before they decompose and wondered if I could kill two birds with one stone, so to speak.


Well the best solution is still FireWire especially on a laptop. What you would need in your case is an analog -> digital converter like the Canopus ADVC-100 or similar (there are many out there; I personally have an older Sony model, the DVMC-DA1: http://www.collin.org/dv/gizmos/dvmcda1/).

Here's a review of the Canopus model: http://www.simplydv.co.uk/advc100.html

And a link to Canopus product info: http://www.canopus.com/US/products/advc-100/pm_advc-100.asp

Let me know if you have any questions as I frequently convert analog source to DVD using this method.
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Unread postby max_impact » Tue Jan 28, 2003 5:14 pm

Cool, thanks very much!

For the video I may just get a cheap MPEG encoder card for my home PC, but the Powerbooks are definitely attractive. What would be ideal though is the 15-inch with the Nvidia chip - I've had some bad experiences with ATI hardware :?


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