Is the Mac Mini a Nice Ubuntu Desktop Machine?
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I'm in the market for a new desktop machine. My goal isn't extreme performance. I care more about low noise and lower power consumption. Aside from too-little memory by default, running Ubuntu on a Mac Mini seems like a good option, especially for the price.
Another option is to build my own small form-factor x86 PC. That's a little trickier -- not only is there more research to do, but I have to assemble more pieces myself. Of course, there's a lot more customization there. If I go with the Mac Mini, the first thing to do there is to crack the case and add a Gigabyte of RAM, just to have enough. That's fine; I can handle that.
Still, that's as expandable as the Mac Mini gets. With the SFF PC, I have the option of adding or replacing (a few) components. That's a nice thing. I can probably even stick with the quiet and low power consumption goals with a processor faster than the 1.25 GHz G4.
There's also the issue of paying for a copy of Mac OS X I'm not going to use. (Sorry Apple fans, but I'm not trying to start a debate here. I used Mac OS X for several months and prefer Linux. That's just how it is.) I could put that $100 to better use with a decent video card.
Still, the price and the fact that it's already built makes the Mac Mini compelling.... Am I overlooking something hardware-wise? Does anyone else have Linux PPC running on it? How's the hardware support? How's the performance?
This isn't about Mac OS X versus Linux PPC. It's about hardware and suitability!
Mac Minis and SFF PCs
Well, your blog got me movtivated to actually try Linux on my Mac Mini. I bought the cute little box in February, and after opening it up to see how everything fit, I stuck it on a shelf where it sat for the last 9 months. I kept thinking I would make a car PC out of it, but just haven't gotten around to it.
Mac Mini & Linux
I'm using the Mac mini with OpenSuSE 10 PPC.
Well, its a perfect little Box for Linux.
Take a look at www.opensuse.org
I use the Box as for wordprocessing (OpenOffice), Music-Box (Amarok), as DVD-Player (Xine), printing (HPijs, cups), Java - Development (IBM Java 1.4.2 for Linux PPC32) with KDE 3.4.
So, in general, the Mac Mini is a nice Linux Box. Not only a nice Ubuntu Box, but also.
BTW, the first Linux Distro that had to say "the Mac Mini got owned" was Gentoo.
But to be honest, first I tried Kubuntu, the Ubuntu that uses KDE as desktop.
And, well, nice. But it belongs to your expectations.
So for example, I don't use Airport, I don't use Bluetooth. I can use "normal" cables without getting strangeled and I don't need to sync my pim with a PDA/MDA or another Gadget ;-D
I have to say, that I use my Mac Mini with OpenSuSE 10 PPC on a daily base and it hits my needs perfectly.
Its enaugh computing power, the box is quiet (the box stands at my living room) and it runs as it should.
It seems, that on some boxes the X.org - Thing was a little bit strange to find a proper configuration when used with a DVI-TFT display.
At PPCNux you will find a user-discussion about it at http://www.ppcnux.de/forum_phpBB/viewtopic.php?t=1542, but in german.
But anyway, if you expect a high-performance linux gaming box, which gan handle to compile, for example, KDE in the background while playing Vegastrike fluently, well, remember, its a <2GHz G4...
But well, OpenSuSE PPC is nice, but I just in the process to think it over to use Gentoo on this Box...
mac and linux
While I've not put Linux on my mini yet, I have put Ubuntu 5.10 it on a 733 G4. The first thing I noticed was that scrolling in Firefox was much faster on Ubuntu. The second thing I noticed was that there was no official flash plugin. I didn't try gplflash, but from my experience with it on amd64, it's not as good as the x86 macromedia linux flash plugin. May not be a big deal, but to some people it is.
One of my main concerns would be the availability of binaries for non-free applications (like Java).
Newbee need a Linux+MythTV on PPC (MacMini)
Is this possible?
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