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Kevin Stock
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Joined: Jul 18, 2004
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I've been interested in buying a new computer recently, and my dream was to get a nice desktop and get linux working, however it has come to my attention that with school a laptop would really be my best choice. I've heard of the difficulties with linux on laptops and I don't really have the time to learn the linux completly.

So basically I'm down to either Windows XP (which I use currently on my desktop) or MacOS X. I'd like to try OS X since it's unix based and I could play around with that some, but I was wondering how Mac's preform comparted to windows, or more exactly: what is 1.5Ghz PowerPC compariable to in the x86 intel world?

Edit: Does Mac support wheel mouses?

Thanks,
Kevin
[ September 27, 2004: Message edited by: Kevin Stock ]
Zagi
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Joined: Sep 30, 2004
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Hi,

I personaly have Dell Inspirion 5150 and SUSE 9.1 + win XP.
It's running without any problem. Instalation of SUSE was peace of cake.
So I do not see any problem in laptop + linux.

/regards,
Zagi
Warren Dew
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Kevin Stock:

I was wondering how Mac's preform comparted to windows, or more exactly: what is 1.5Ghz PowerPC compariable to in the x86 intel world?

A G4 at a given clock speed is about the same as a desktop P4 at 1.5 times the clock speed. Thus, a 1.5GHz G4 is about like a 2.25GHz desktop P4.

However, very few Intel notebooks actually have desktop P4 processors, due to their extremely high power consumption. The mobile processors found in most Intel notebooks are significantly slower at any given clock speed than desktop processors. This is not true for the Mac notebooks, where the G4 is the same processor that was found in their desktop machines until recently (when the desktop machines switched over to the 64 bit G5 processor).

I doubt you'll find any notebook out there that is faster overall than a 1.5GHz PowerBook.
Kevin Stock
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Joined: Jul 18, 2004
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Originally posted by Warren Dew:
Kevin Stock:

I was wondering how Mac's preform comparted to windows, or more exactly: what is 1.5Ghz PowerPC compariable to in the x86 intel world?

A G4 at a given clock speed is about the same as a desktop P4 at 1.5 times the clock speed. Thus, a 1.5GHz G4 is about like a 2.25GHz desktop P4.

However, very few Intel notebooks actually have desktop P4 processors, due to their extremely high power consumption. The mobile processors found in most Intel notebooks are significantly slower at any given clock speed than desktop processors. This is not true for the Mac notebooks, where the G4 is the same processor that was found in their desktop machines until recently (when the desktop machines switched over to the 64 bit G5 processor).

I doubt you'll find any notebook out there that is faster overall than a 1.5GHz PowerBook.


Thanks a bunch, that's exactly what I was wondering.

-Kevin
 
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