Re: Please recommend a machine
Jaime Bemaras wrote:
Have you thought about a titanium powerbook? Depending on your price
point, it could be worth looking into. Dual-booting with MockOS should
be no problem, if that can be considered an MS-approved OS by your
school (after all, it has Office, WindozeMedia, Internet Exploder...).
Evidently my last posting didn't make it to the list. I appologize if I end up double-posting.
I am looking to acquire a laptop. I will need a dual boot system because my university only supports MS software (don't get me started).
Since most overflow-type security exploits are written for i386,
alternative arches make it that much more difficult for crackers to get
in, so where price and performance are comparable, it's worth
considering. Oh- and there are lots of registers, and no shortage of
IRQs on PPC! (or alpha or any other real RISC architecture...)
The drawbacks: it may be less straightforward to install, and some
software might not "just work" because of endianness or signed/unsigned
char bugs. Oh- and the 2.4 kernel requires patches (I think 2.4 is
needed for smooth DVD playing), you may need to recompile things like
xine-dvd-css, well, you get the idea.
See the debian-powerpc list archives for more on these challenges, and
installation help on various hardware including laptops.
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