I realize this is off-topic, but I understand that an overwhelming
of Rubyists use Mac computers and not PCs. I currently use
PCs. Yes, I ditched Windows years ago just like many of you. Using Linux
a used PC is the cheapest way to compute. (I’ve been able to buy a 4 or
5-year-old PC that works for as little as $40-$50.)
I’m interested in purchasing a Mac to put myself on the same page as
software developers. (I’m used to Linux distros that provide the look
feel of Windows XP.) I will use the Mac for software development
but I intend to stick with my Linux-powered PCs for general computing.
don’t want to get locked into the Mac world, because it’s so much more
expensive. Also, there is a case to be made for being versatile.)
I’m thinking of buying a new mini (starts at $600), a new MacBook
at $1000), or a refurbished MacBook (starts at $850).
- How much has OS X changed over the past several versions? Is
from 5 years ago obsolete? Linux, on the other hand, is free. Any
Linux distro will work very well on a 5-year-old PC, and there are even
some Linux distros (like Puppy Linux and antiX Linux) that work well on
that are 10 or more years old.
- Is it just me, or are used Macs so exorbitantly expensive as to
the point of buying a used computer in the first place? I looked at
Craigslist and found a number of used Mac laptops selling for as much as
new one. Most of the Macs selling for a few hundred dollars or less were
very old, such as G4s. (I understand that those are 10-15 years old.
luck getting even $100 or even $50 from a 10-year-old PC.)