Related link: http://www.penguinppc.org/
I’m in the market for a new desktop machine. My goal isn’t extreme performance. I care more about low noise and lower power consumption. Aside from too-little memory by default, running Ubuntu on a Mac Mini seems like a good option, especially for the price.
Another option is to build my own small form-factor x86 PC. That’s a little trickier — not only is there more research to do, but I have to assemble more pieces myself. Of course, there’s a lot more customization there. If I go with the Mac Mini, the first thing to do there is to crack the case and add a Gigabyte of RAM, just to have enough. That’s fine; I can handle that.
Still, that’s as expandable as the Mac Mini gets. With the SFF PC, I have the option of adding or replacing (a few) components. That’s a nice thing. I can probably even stick with the quiet and low power consumption goals with a processor faster than the 1.25 GHz G4.
There’s also the issue of paying for a copy of Mac OS X I’m not going to use. (Sorry Apple fans, but I’m not trying to start a debate here. I used Mac OS X for several months and prefer Linux. That’s just how it is.) I could put that $100 to better use with a decent video card.
Still, the price and the fact that it’s already built makes the Mac Mini compelling…. Am I overlooking something hardware-wise? Does anyone else have Linux PPC running on it? How’s the hardware support? How’s the performance?
This isn’t about Mac OS X versus Linux PPC. It’s about hardware and suitability!