On 14 Oct 2009, at 05:00, Aldric G. wrote:
awesome; and it’s light.
I do appreciate your recommendations. Pretend money isn’t a problem as
long as it’s under US$2,000 (Yeah, I don’t think you can convince me
buy a Macbook Pro or a Macbook Air… But maybe you can!)
My current port-about is an MSI Wind u100 running Snow Leopard and
packing a 9-cell extended battery. Assuming you want a USB DVD drive
of some variety to use with it you could source the same for about
$650 including the Snow Leopard license. Configuration is only a
mildly black art these days (see http://forums.msiwind.net, currently
offline but with all the relevant posts in google’s cache) and you can
be running full vanilla OS X with software update and hibernation in
under a day if you don’t require Windows. Linux is an easier dual-boot
option although that’s only necessary for VGA out.
I was carting this around at LSRC with Leopard installed and it worked
a dream for coding. Now my poor MacBook fears a life of Windows and
games is all that awaits it!
Alternately they’re also very sweet machines with Ubuntu Netbook Remix
9.04 which gives you access to the fully Ubuntu repos.
For those with larger fingers the Samsung netbooks have very good
keyboards, although I think the screens are glossy. Or for some retro
chic, the older IBM X series (X31/41) are hard-wearing, light, blessed
with Thinkpad keyboards and still pack reasonable bang for software
development. They run linux like a charm.
raise ArgumentError unless @reality.responds_to? :reason