Alternative to Hackintosh

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by oscillatewildly, Nov 11, 2008.

  1. oscillatewildly macrumors 68000

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    Hello,

    A laptop/notebook to be used by me for a year to a year and a half, then handed down with a bit of browser life left. I'll be using it for the basics - Internet, email and streaming stock prices; simple photo/video editing can wait. The budget is small for this stop gap, circa 300GBP/500USD. Which secondhand portable Mac would you get? If none, which Hackintosh notebook would you go for?

    How does Linux compare to OS X for the basics? How is it for security/viruses?

    I'm waiting for both SSD prices and Snow Leopard to settle down. The eventual target, if they don't transport me to the Funny Farm for the thought, is a MacBook Air.

    Thank you for your help,
    OW
     
  2. oscillatewildly thread starter macrumors 68000

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  3. svndmvn Guest

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    find one that still has some warranty,a white macbook,let's say,less than a year old..but even older powerbooks/ibooks should do
    linux can be a problem with peripherals,more than Macs,i mean
     
  4. opeter macrumors 65816

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    You could look at laptops like ASUS X71A series. These got different configs and are somehow buyer-pocket friendly.
     
  5. LinMac macrumors 65816

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    Linux is great. I actually run Linux on my Macbook Pro alongside OS X for tasks that I find harder in OS X.

    Try Ubuntu 8.10 for a good start and choose your favorite distribution.
     
  6. oscillatewildly thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Thank you for the help.

    How do the last 12 inch iBook and Powerbook compare to the current crop of netbooks?

    (Edit - I'll ask in the iBook section. Cheers.)
     

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