I’ve just received my long awaited laptop, a 2008 Macbook. It’s a nice little machine, the top-end white model. It has the following key specs:

  • 2.4 GHz Intel Core duo processor
  • 4 GB RAM
  • 180 GB 7200 RPM harddisk
  • Mac OS X 10.5, Windows Vista/XP, Ubuntu 7.10 triple boot

You’ll note that the RAM and the harddisk aren’t standard; these I added myself — really easy if you’ve got a screwdriver that’s small enough. I put the old harddisk in a USB 2.0 cabinet, giving me an extra 160 GB to play with and for backup.

Let me tell you, this thing is fast; Mac OS is quick, but Ubuntu is blazing (graphics support is OK, which I really wasn’t expecting). Installing Ubuntu was easier than you could possibly imagine, install rEFIt and then use Disk Utility in OS X to resize the Mac OS partition live. You can then delete the empty partition with Ubuntu’s Live disk, creating one large ext3 partition and a smallish swap space. Cute.

I haven’t installed Windows yet (I have a boot camp partition ready for this), and am wondering whether or not to get Vista so that I can find out about this OS — we have a lot of users who use Vista, but no-one I know of really has any experience of it (my colleague Joost replaces it with XP by default, which I understand is pretty much normal practice for most computer savvy types). But we’re not here to judge, we’re here to support, no?

Oh, I added Macports to the machine, so I have a more or less usable set of CLI tools too. I’ve also been toying with the iPhone SDK, which is fun — Dashcode is extremely amusing and simple to use. I’ll present the fruit(lessnes)s of my labours later.  Speaking of SDKs, I’m having trouble getting the WOLips templates to work in Eclipse, if anyone has any tips on how to get this working, I’d be grateful.

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