Mac mini vs. Old intel atom compaq with ubuntu linux

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by BobEsponja, Oct 15, 2011.

  1. BobEsponja macrumors newbie

    Oct 15, 2011
    I want a server, and I want to know if buying a mac mini for this purpose is a good ide?. Or should I keep the crappy Linux Compaq?
    What are the benefits of an OS X server over Linux?
  2. DustinT macrumors 68000


    Feb 26, 2011
    ya, the Mini will be a lot more powerful, under warranty and telephone support, likely its smaller as well. The power usage is probably a draw between the finished systems.

    Mac OS X vs. Linux is an interesting comparision. If you are running Linux already you are familiar with it. Mac OS X runs BSD as its foundation so most linux tools are precompiled for it and if not, can usually be made to work with about the same effort as you'd put forth on Linux to compile something.

    The advantage is that you have ready access to much larger and commercially developed software selection on the Mac. The Mac market is probably an order of magnitude larger than the Linux market for home servers so you'll find it significantly easier to get the services you want up and running on the Mac. Well, unless you are a very experienced Linux guy. But in that case, why would you post here. :)

    In short, the Mac is a lot simplier to admin but will likely have everything you'd need. If it didn't, you can pop the hood and get pretty much any Linux tool to work on it. Plus, there's easy access to great software and support, both commercial and free.

    The Linux machine you'll spend a lot more of your time under the hood tinkering with stuff to get it the way you want to.

    Which is the right choice for you is, well, up to you. I'd done it both ways and they both have their advantages. I'm at a point in my life where I'd prefer to spend a little money and get something where the software engineering has been done for me. So, I've got an apartment full of Macs and a server closet with a Mac Mini and a ReadyNAS Ultra 6 in it. But, as always, ymmv.
  3. wrinkster22 macrumors 68030


    Jun 11, 2011
    well like the previous poster said the mac mini is
    -nicer to look at
    -larger amount of apps
    -less maintenance required
    -more eco

    Although it has a small HD
    If you like linux stick with it :)
  4. QuantumLo0p macrumors 6502a


    Apr 28, 2006
    I have "tinkered", so to speak, with linux so I agree with the first reply opening statement but not the rest of it.

    IMO the Mini will be more of a turn key solution than the Compac-Ubuntu but the latter definitely isn't a piece by piece puzzle at all.

    Sounds like, for you, the Mini could be a great starting point.
  5. DustinT macrumors 68000


    Feb 26, 2011
    I can see what you are saying. Wouldn't you agree that how time consuming this will be for the OP will greatly depend on how much Linux experience he has?
  6. zap2 macrumors 604


    Mar 8, 2005
    Washington D.C
    From my understanding OS X server isn't the best server OS, but it is straight forward, while Linux is a bit better for power users.

    The hardware for the Mini is without a doubt better both in speed, looks and design. If you plan are doing anything which requires a decent amount of horsepower.

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