Long time lurker, first time poster. Waiting for a new Mac Pro

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by oban14, Jan 4, 2008.

  1. oban14 macrumors 6502a

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    I've read dozens of threads here about waiting, not waiting, what will you do if it isn't updated, etc.

    After looking at Vista and the DRM/trusted computing vision Microsoft has for the future, I came to the conclusion that my view of computers and Microsoft's vision are entirely different. Linux isn't an option because I like to use Photoshop and do audio recording, although I do love unix.

    As you can guess, this basically led me to a decision to switch. I've been using and supporting MS/FreeBSD/Linux based intel hardware since the early 90's, and the Mac Pro was what made my decision easy. I love the idea of having 8 cores and a 64 bit OS (which I've thought was very elegant since OSX came out), and I can still dual boot into 2003 enterprise for work/research purposes.

    I'm going to wait because I think the prices currently charged for the Mac Pro are absurd. It seems many do as well. I'm fortunate in that I don't need a Mac Pro for a professional editing job, I'm not on a mac that is already dying, etc. I can wait.

    So if there are no new Mac Pros at MWSF, I'll probably get the new subnotebook and wait for a Mac Pro. I did have a few questions about virtualization, and was hoping someone here could answer:

    I'd like to be able to run Linux, Windows 2003, and probably a BSD variant virtually under OSX. Will it be possible to run them all at once?

    I'd also like to be able to boot into each of these virtual sessions directly a la bootcamp. Is that possible? Will I be able to access all four both in single boot mode as well as through VMWare or Parallells?

    And... hi everybody! :D
     
  2. GoKyu macrumors 65816

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    Good choice :D

    I'm kinda in the same boat - not buying a Mac Pro for professional reasons, but I do use Photoshop as one of my main apps (as well as Lightroom.) I also really enjoy using Linux, but on OS X...it seems kind of redundant, doesn't it? I mean the whole underside of OS X is the Mach UNIX kernel, so you can use your favorite UNIX apps, or compile your own. Why would you want to dual boot with Linux on a Mac?

    For me, I'll be transitioning this current PC (c2d, 3ghz, 3gb RAM) to become a full time Linux fileserver and probably a firewall as well.

    If Steve really doesn't announce a new Mac Pro at MWSF, then I won't wait till WWDC - it's time to get away from Windows for good, and if I have to buy a current 4 core model, then that's what I have to do :)

    -Bryan
     

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