We are talking well before Fedora here and in the context of portable devices like laptops.
Originally Posted by Smallwheels
Apple must decide if the prestige is worth the effort to continue to manufacture the Mac Pro. I'm not in this market segment and never will be. I can't cry for its demise or cheer for a newer model.
There is no prestige in a Mac Pro!
Beyond that I'm not in the Pros market segment either but that has more to do with its rip off pricing.
I like the Mac Mini but it costs too much for what is inside it.
The Minis cost isn't that bad if you value a machine that is economical to run. That is the laptop parts and all. The problem is the performance of this machine seems to be purposefully limited and even if it wasn't the ultimate performance isn't there.
I've got a 2008 Mac Book and it is acting up lately due to a previous problem caused by the battery expanding inside the case. I'm not sure I want to purchase another Mac computer.
Another early 2008 MBP owner here! I'm however pretty much convinced I will buy another Mac laptop in the future. The laptops are good values.
I would have bought a new iPod Touch if it would have been upgraded with the new A5 and had some software updates. Instead the only upgrade or change was the availability of the white color option.
IOS 5 was a pretty huge software update! In a way the lack of an A5 was a disappointment, however I fully understand why Apple did it. Dropping the price keeps the unit viable.
My main hope was for a larger screen along with the processor upgrade. Apple gave me a big disappointment. If the rumors of a seven inch screen device are true then it might be worth a look when it comes out. Otherwise I'll be switching to a different brand of laptop and putting a version of Linux on it.
Interesting that you seem to be letting developments in the iPod/iPad market dictate your laptop choices. That just seems odd.
The distressing thing here is your move to Linux on the laptop. I really can't recommend that right now. Laptop support still sucks bad in Linux. This from a Linux user that was using Linux for years before Fedora even came out. It is far easier to put Linux in a VM on an Apple laptop to use as needed. Beyond that I find that I only need commercial software on my Mac laptop.
The funny thing here is that I could see myself installing Linux on a laptop if the capability of iPad expanded a bit. It is just that iPad still comes up short for even semi advanced things like HTML mail, that combined with the fact that most client software that comes with Linux sucks balls keeps me in Apple laptops.
As a side note there is a huge problem with GPL3 software in that it effectively limits your freedom. Going the BSD route might make more sense in the long run. I really like Linux but I honestly believe the Free Software foundation is a bit off it's rocker with GPL3. fortunately even Linus has problems with the that version of GPL but from the user perspective it is time to support alternatives.