I need some help on a new laptop purchase!
I have an old toshiba laptop that is currency running Ubuntu 7.04. The
machine is definitely on it’s last legs; I expect it to die any time
within the next 3 months, probably a lot less. I’ve been looking
around at laptops to replace mine when it dies, and I was surprised at
the hardware in a MacBook (not pro) for the price.
I am in Canada, so I am quoting the specs/prices that relate to me.
This is the MacBook that I am looking at
It is $1250 (CAD), shipping included for an Intel Core 2 Duo 2.0 Ghz
processor (no upgrades).
The best non-Mac comparisons that I can find are:
1300 + shipping for an Intel Core Duo 1.83Ghz
1400 + shipping for an Intel Core 2 Duo 1.67 Ghz
1330 + shipping for an Intel Core 2 Duo 1.66 Ghz
1300 + shipping for an Intel Core 2 Duo 1.73 Ghz
1300 + shipping for an AMD Turion 64 X2 Mobile 2.0 Ghz
There are three common things that the PCs tend to have better than
-More RAM (some have 2GB)
-More HD space (many are 100-150 GB)
I don’t think I have a problem with the RAM, but I’d like the opinion
of a MacBook user: Will 1GB RAM be enough for Rails development,
watching DVDs, surfing the web, and instant messaging? I may do some
word precessing and spreadsheets too (OpenOffice)–but most of the big
documents will be done on my desktop.
I don’t about the DVD-Burner. I have one on my desktop and that is
Can I format a USB hard drive so that it is readable and writable by
both the MacBook I am looking at and Windows XP Pro (and preferably
Ubuntu 7.04)? If so, I don’t care about the HD space.
Here is the really trick part of the question: Both my wife and I love
Ubuntu. Both of us have used macs and don’t like the UI. So I will
almost definitely erasing whatever OS comes with the laptop I buy and
instead installing Ubuntu.
Given the above, my decision should be based primarily on the
hardware’s price/performance/reliability. Should I buy the MacBook?
Here are a few other considerations:
-Lighter is highly valuable - the MacBook is lighter than all the PCs
-Screen clarity is important - I think the MacBook is better here; can
-I will be doing rails development at least part time. Is it possible
to dual boot Ubuntu and Mac OS X? If so, considering that I have tried
and generally don’t like the OS, how valuable is booting into Mac OS X
just for rails development? Currently I use jedit. It’s been great,
but I don’t have the time to add all the shortcuts that seem to be
built-in to TextMate
-Does the MacBook I am looking at come in black? I couldn’t figure it
out from the apple website. This isn’t that important, but black is
-My wife will KILL me if I make her use Mac OS X. So far I have
assumed that I could install Ubuntu on it, is that assumption true?
Can someone who has done it say how easy/hard it is?
Thanks in advance to everyone who takes the time to reply!!!
PS. PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE do not make this into a Mac is better than
Windows. My laptop will not have Windows (except if I have to test in
Internet Explorer 6/7).