Wired running SGI Article

From: Zane H. Healy <healyzh_at_aracnet.com>
Date: Sat Nov 27 01:27:06 2004

>A few of the 68K Mac loving people I talk to on IRC have been getting into
>older SGI machines (Origins and older Indy). So is the Dual G5 worth the
>cash? While I like older 68K Nubus Macs, anything from the PPC generation
>and beyond never interested me (except for a 7500 PCI powermac I needed to
>run a Videovision Telecast Setup).

Take a look at the design and architecture of the Dual CPU G5 (the
single 1.8Ghz model they just released is a travesty as the FSB only
runs at 600Mhz, rather than the 900Mhz it should). The only computer
I can compare it to is the SGI Octane.

I've only been running Mac OS X for the last year and a half as my
primary OS. My G4/450 AGP is one of the originals that shipped with
a special G4 version of Mac OS 8.6, and iTunes is the only reason I
upgraded to 9. It wasn't until 10.2 that I considered Mac OS X
usable (I tested every version). What really impressed me was
Safari, as it made it so that my G4/450 was fast enough to surf on
once again.

Personally I think Mac OS X still has a ways to go (see my last email
for my complaints about the VM subsystem), but it's got a Unix Layer,
a usable GUI, a filesystem browser I've become fanatical about :^),
and more importantly it runs the Adobe Apps I need, and has
professional video and audio editing applications. While I'm running
the latest version of MS Office, I'm not sure if that's a plus or a
minus :^)


| Zane H. Healy                    | UNIX Systems Administrator |
| healyzh_at_aracnet.com (primary)    | OpenVMS Enthusiast         |
|                                  | Classic Computer Collector |
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Received on Sat Nov 27 2004 - 01:27:06 GMT

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