Rumor has it that Audio Units will be supported in the next version of Renoise, this will increase available plug-ins… But yeah, look at your VST/VSTi plug-ins and see which ones are cross platform, which ones have alternatives, and which ones you can live without. That’s the deal breaker for most people.
A few days ago, I had to give a tune-up to my aunt’s new PC Vista laptop.
I was lost for several hours.
I got used to it after that and it’s not horrible, but I won’t be going near a Microsoft computer anytime soon. With renoise on Linux, I don’t see why I would use Windows anymore.
XP days are over. The learning curve from XP to Vista compared to XP to OS X is the same IMHO. Vista is not as bad as people make it out to be, I can see improvements, but conceptually it’s a leap and if you are going to make a leap there are other platforms worth checking out now.
every time it updates. it gets bigger and bigger and bigger and bigger and bigger and bigger and bigger and bigger with more useless stuff that will make your mac run the beachball.
give it enough time, and you won’t have any space left. (for your personal files of course)
i think if you want the mac, you should buy it with a strict sense of what you are going to do with it and only use it for that and be prepared for quirks. i bought mine to run & learn sc3. if i would have stopped there i probably would not have become disillusioned with apple. in the most basic sense osx is a plastic version of linux. (plastic, meaning: credit card plastic)
though they do look pretty, if you try to look under the hood of the so called Bugatti of computing be prepared to pay Full Bugatti hardware Prices.
I have this problem with my G4 laptop (800 Mhz, 640 megs of Ram, 30 gig HD).
I agree with your sentiment and think Apple should chill out when it comes to updates. But, newer computers with adequate RAM (i.e. a pig load) don’t suffer this problem. (…at least not yet )
My G5 iMac (1.8 GHZ, 1 Gig of Ram, 10.4.1) runs decent compared to the Vista computer I just messed around with a few days ago. My girlfriend’s macbook (intel) runs very well.
Apple’s upgrade cycle is vicious, and as a consumer devices manufacturer their reasons for doing so are questionable (i.e. trendiness + iTunes + iPods + iPhone are given way too much priority) but it’s a good platform.
Here’s a link on how to optimize older OS X machine, a few of the tips worked for me:
Instead of using overpriced mac-hardware, you can try to install MacOS to your current computer (possible with MacOS 10.4 and 10.5). For a starter: google “hackintosh” or “osx86”. The OS is Apple’s biggest pro, there’s not much difference with windows/linux-PC’s hardwarewise.
Because MacOS seems to be written for a limited amount of hardware. Part of Windows’ unreliability lies with that it need to support all kinds of hardware, requiring a higher error-margin than MacOS does.
I think Apple could easily break Microsofts domination over the OS market if they’d support computers in general instead of their own configuration. Their OS is far better for computer-starters than Windows or Ubuntu, which both have quite some learning curves (other *nix-based OS’es are mostly even tougher for beginners). It’s a shame for consumers in general that Apple made their business model around the (overpriced) computer+OS-combo.
A downside for current Mac-users (if Apple decides to drop their current business-model) will be that a lot of viruses/malware will appear as well.