Rails Development on a Mac Mini?


#1

How many people out there are doing Rails development on a Mac Mini?
I’ve
been eyeing up the MacBook as well as the new MacMini trying to decide
if I
want to splurge. I’ve been doing very little Rails development thus far
which makes the investment a little hard to justify. The Free Mini Mac
(
http://minimacs.freepay.com/?r=16778073) offer seems like the best route
but
I’m not sure I can wait long enough for that to pan out :slight_smile:

So for those of you doing Rails development on a Mac Mini…how is it?
What processor would you recommend, how much RAM should I go for? Will
I
run into any problems with the newer Intel Core chipset?

Thanks,
Steve


#2

On 5 Mar 2006, at 03:41, Steve E. wrote:

The Free Mini Mac ( http://minimacs.freepay.com/?r=1677x8073) offer
seems like the best route but I’m not sure I can wait long enough
for that to pan out :slight_smile:

Can we assume that is your referral code in that URL? Maybe you’ll
get one sooner than you think if enough listers click on it :wink:

David S.
w: http://davidsmalley.com/blog


#3

Can we assume that is your referral code in that URL? Maybe you’ll get one
sooner than you think if enough listers click on it :wink:

Um…well…of course it is :slight_smile: Merely clicking on it doesn’t do
anything
though. :frowning:

I’ve been hearing a lot of buzz lately from “Railers” about the MacBook
and
was wondering if people are as excited about the new Mac Mini. It looks
pretty sweet but I’m wondering if the baseline mini is decent enough for
Rails development? I’ve been doing my Rails dev on my windows box since
my
wife always hogs the only mac in the house so I’m curious how much RAM +
processing power people find adequate for development in Rails (with
TextMate).

Cheers,
Steve
(aka: the MacMini schemer)


#4

That’s the way I’ve been leaning.

I’ve been thinking about the Mini since I could put it up in my office
and
host little personal apps on it as well as use it as a media server.
Plus
it wouldn’t hurt the bank account as much.

I’m a big fan of plopping down on the couch getting comfy and writing
code
though so it’d be a little tough to do that with the mini :slight_smile:


#5

Steve E. wrote:

How many people out there are doing Rails development on a Mac Mini?
I’ve
been eyeing up the MacBook as well as the new MacMini trying to decide
if I
want to splurge.

I’d go for a mac laptop - ibook or powerbook.
The reason ? - You can take it to meetups and get input on your code
from fellow rails heads.

_tony


#6

On 5 Mar 2006, at 13:17, Steve E. wrote:

That’s the way I’ve been leaning.

I’ve been thinking about the Mini since I could put it up in my
office and host little personal apps on it as well as use it as a
media server. Plus it wouldn’t hurt the bank account as much.

I’m a big fan of plopping down on the couch getting comfy and
writing code though so it’d be a little tough to do that with the
mini :slight_smile:

Go for an iBook. I’m at this very moment working on a G3 900mhz iBook
with 640mb of RAM. I’m running MySQL, Apache (with 3 rails apps
running 5 FCGI processes each), Textmate, Mail, Camino and
NetNewsWire all at the same time! Obviously I can’t do much else and
ram is pretty tight but I’m not noticing any real slow down.

I’d imagine one of the new G4 iBooks would work really well. FYI you
can probably run on sqlite and cut down on memory usage, but I was in
a hurry and couldn’t be bothered to learn it.

Don’t get anything lower than 512mb of Ram.

David S.
w: http://davidsmalley.com/blog


#7

I’m a big fan of plopping down on the couch getting comfy and writing
code
though so it’d be a little tough to do that with the mini :slight_smile:

And i like to spend Sunday afternoon in a country pub with wifi coding
and relaxing.
:wink:

_tony


#8

I’m using a Mini at home for Rails development, it’s an absolute joy.
Couldn’t be easier, either; open the box, plug it in, and two downloads
later – Locomotive (http://locomotive.raaum.org) and RadRails – you’ve
got everything you need to start developing.

Obviously, like others have said, an iBook/MacBook would provide more
mobility which is kind of nice. Although the Mini is small/portable
enough to transport from place to place with a minimum of fuss.


#9

On Sun, 5 Mar 2006, David S. wrote:

Go for an iBook.

My guess is the Intel-replacement iBook will be out before September.
Why
September? The iBook is marketed for the back-to-school crowd, and so
they’d want to have the new ones ready for the BTS sales.

Of course, I have no crystal ball, this is pure conjecture.

–Jim


#10

Although the Mini is small/portable
enough to transport from place to place with a minimum of fuss.

Except theres no screen.
:slight_smile:
_tony