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    Linux vs. Mac

    so i've been researching this stuff for about a year now (ignore the join date) and i've decided on one thing: i don't wanna use MS. (if for nothing else, i don't wanna send them another buck.) my question is - mainly for people who've tried both - should i go linux or mac for os? or, are there any hardcore ms advocates out there, and if you're there, why traditional with ms instead of mac or linux?

    i have my own opinions already but i wanna hear from people who've actually experimented with different OSes.

    "depends on your needs" doesn't apply; i think everyone here has basically the same needs (though not necessarily the same wants)

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    i don't mean to ask a stupid question (i've not seen anything running a mac os other than a mac in a full size case or a laptop), but are there many/any options for putting mac in a car?

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    Quote Originally Posted by quinxy
    i don't mean to ask a stupid question (i've not seen anything running a mac os other than a mac in a full size case or a laptop), but are there many/any options for putting mac in a car?
    Some intresting mac installs...

    Fastest Mac on four wheels...

    search for posts by wallyworld he has a mac tahoe

    My Project - Mac @ LandRover

    I myself am working on a powerbook G4 (already own it) and 7 inch touch screen install... Trying to work out the details on OBD II interface, GPS maps, and touchscreen interface that doesn't die if the laptop goes to sleep.

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    People often use Windows due to easy of programming (VB mainly), and easy of finding software that supports the MS platforms.

    Though, as the subject of this shows(I think), you may not know that Linux is NOT an OS, it's a kernel. It's the "backend" of a modern operating system. You can run Linux on a Mac, just as you would on any other of the many platforms it supports. See :

    http://www-106.ibm.com/developerwork...ry/l-pmac.html

    Keep in mind, Mac OS X runs on an open source kernel itself, called Darwin. http://developer.apple.com/darwin/ for information on that.

    You will undoubtingly have issues w/ specific things on the Mac's if your going to use OS X, and the odds are good your not going to find a whole hell of alot of help with. Thre are very few people who attempt to run Mac's in the cars due to the limited support for such a thing.

    Just my .02. Hope maybe that helps you..

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    Quote Originally Posted by bigb
    People often use Windows due to easy of programming (VB mainly), and easy of finding software that supports the MS platforms.

    Though, as the subject of this shows(I think), you may not know that Linux is NOT an OS, it's a kernel. It's the "backend" of a modern operating system. You can run Linux on a Mac, just as you would on any other of the many platforms it supports. See :

    http://www-106.ibm.com/developerwork...ry/l-pmac.html

    Keep in mind, Mac OS X runs on an open source kernel itself, called Darwin. http://developer.apple.com/darwin/ for information on that.

    You will undoubtingly have issues w/ specific things on the Mac's if your going to use OS X, and the odds are good your not going to find a whole hell of alot of help with. Thre are very few people who attempt to run Mac's in the cars due to the limited support for such a thing.
    Thought twice about replying since I really don't want to any type of flame-war. So please take this as an informational post.

    Linux is not a kernel... It is an operating system, and has a freely availble kernel (via. GNU GPL), that is is the base on which the Linux operating system is developed.

    Mac OS X is a BSD based operating system. I has unix like functions, and you can go and install a Linux distro on a Mac, google search for "Linux on Mac", but I wouldn't suggest it for anybody to run for a carputer.

    If you want a challenge and are looking to learn about Linux or Mac... A intergration into a car would be a good project to learn. There isn't a lot of information for these type of setups, but there is always someone out there in the community who is willing to help and point you into the right direction.

    So I guess it would boil down to this...
    If you are uncomfortable in anything outside of doubleclicking on an install executable, run a windows based system.

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    I was reffering to the Linux Kernel. Which will run on Mac platforms. Sorry.

    Though I do agree w/ his statement, "If you are uncomfortable in anything outside of doubleclicking on an install executable, run a windows based system.".

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    Quote Originally Posted by bigb
    I was reffering to the Linux Kernel. Which will run on Mac platforms. Sorry.

    Though I do agree w/ his statement, "If you are uncomfortable in anything outside of doubleclicking on an install executable, run a windows based system.".
    not uncomfortable, just inexperienced...but putting computers in cars isn't old hat, either

    would anyone say that there is less potential for a win system, though maybe more convenience?

    also, does anyone see one particular OS as the "future" for car installs? i believe it's too early to tell, but maybe someone has a theory...

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    Quote Originally Posted by skippuff54
    not uncomfortable, just inexperienced...but putting computers in cars isn't old hat, either

    would anyone say that there is less potential for a win system, though maybe more convenience?

    also, does anyone see one particular OS as the "future" for car installs? i believe it's too early to tell, but maybe someone has a theory...
    No I would say there is more potential and convenience with win systems... I however will never give one more dime to BG and the evil empire.

    As for the future thing... I am still waiting for my personal jetpack and moving sidewalks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by rdrr
    No I would say there is more potential and convenience with win systems... I however will never give one more dime to BG and the evil empire.

    As for the future thing... I am still waiting for my personal jetpack and moving sidewalks!
    haha, same here...exciting indeed, but i'm just lazy

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