Using the spoils from the 2007 holiday season, I built a solid workstation/gaming system that has carried me through 2008. The vital statistics:
- AMD Athlon 64 X2 4800+
- 2 GB RAM
- GeForce 7600 GS (512 MB)
- Dual boot Ubuntu (64-bit) / WinXP
- Two 19″ CRTs
A few months ago I bought a MacBook Pro that currently has these main features:
- Intel Core 2 Duo (2.4 GHz)
- 2 GB RAM
- GeForce 8600M GT (256 MB)
- Mac OS X 10.5 with openSUSE 11.0 running in Parallels
- 15″ LCD (1440 x 900)
I am comparing these two, thinking about how much I love using my MacBook, and wondering why I am bothering to keep the desktop running at all. I almost never play Windows games, I’ve just now ordered a 22″ LCD to get dual-displays with the MacBook, and with just a little effort I could get OS X talking to the more “Linuxy” features of my network.
I think it’s time to go all out with the MacBook Pro. I’ll see if I can handle the annoyance of having to plug it in to a makeshift docking station. I’ll experiment with getting my development tools running in OS X (emacs, Eclipse, Apache, PHP, etc). It’s time for change. Yes we can!