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By Jim Lynch  |  Posted 2005-01-26 Print this article Print

Mac mini to Try Out OS X?"> With the introduction of the Mac mini, many people are thinking about using OS X. Should you take the plunge? Well Im not going to get into the specifics of the Mac minis hardware, Loyd has commented on it, other publications have reviewed it, and so far the results seem to be a universal thumbs up (see PCMags review). But I think I can help answer the question of whether it might be worth $500 to give OS X a try. After all, I just spent $3000—about six Mac minis! Yes, I do think its worth buying a Mini mac to try OS X. Despite some of my criticisms, its a very enjoyable OS to use on a daily basis. I find myself growing more and more attached to it. And I think that the stability and security of OS X (yes Windows users, it is more it or not) plus the slick form factor of the Mac mini make it a good deal (get the extra RAM for $75 though, OS X likes a lot of RAM). I will most likely be buying one for my mom when her birthday comes up in April. Right now shes on a very old Compaq running Windows XP. Shes been very careful to keep it patched regularly, but Id feel better if she were running Firefox on OS X than Internet Explorer on Windows. Plus I think shell enjoy the iLife apps and general slickness of OS X. Its a good change of pace from the Windows environment, and it does more handholding than any Linux distro that Ive seen (though some of them are getting pretty darn slick themselves).
If OS X interests you, go snag a Mac mini and let me know how you like it.
By the way, Ive also begun lusting for a G5 PowerBook. They arent available yet but Im staking out Apples web site and my local Apple store for the day they arrive. My Compaq laptop is looking less and less acceptable these days. If I can have the glory of OS X on my desktop, then why cant I have it on my laptop? Come on Apple, get those G5 PowerBooks out soon! Continued...

Jim manages the PC Magazine and ExtremeTech forums, and is responsible for building community in the forums on both sites. He started managing PC Mag's forum on ZiffNet on CompuServe many years ago. He then transferred the staff and expertise to the Web. He left ZDNet when it moved to San Francisco and came back to Ziff after the split from ZDNet, right before ExtremeTech launched. You can get more background at his personal site:

His favorite movies include Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, The Three Musketeers (1973 version), Dune (Sci Fi Channel version), and gobs of others. He can't live without his iPAQ Pocket PC—,he uses it at the gym and everywhere else—,and his DVD collection features more than 200 films. His favorite game is Tribes (PC), which is more than three years old but he still plays it all the time.

Jim likes interacting with the folks in the forum and the content. 'I Love both of 'em,' says Lynch. 'It's what makes the job fun and interesting.'

You're welcome to visit Jim's site for more information about him.


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