I recently took a trip into the world of OSX , after being a windows user for over a decade and being a linux user for maybe only 1 year i wanted to see what OSX would serve me up , simply so i could make an informed decision when asked about my OS preferences opposed to going by what blogs and friends say about OSX i wanted to see for myself …
To install OSX was a breeze using Kalyway 10.5.2 generic install , i tried later builds 10.5.6 from ideneb and iatkos but the installs would hang or bootloop , so i found kalyway 10.5.2 to be best for the older hardware in the GX620 , after install i had dual screens full res 1920×1080 off the bat and i had audio too from usb and speakers ( i had to use onboard AC97 as the kext for my audigy2 soundcard just wouldnt play ball) Audio was however a tad flaky , on occasion it would sound tinny and if i was say dragging a window or opening an app the audio would stutter and pause and sometimes drop out alltogether. But for the most part it worked reasonably well.
I was impressed with the OSX RAM management too it was on a par with a linux desktop , maybe its a unix thing i dunno , but both Linux & OSX leave Windows dead in the water when it comes to RAM management, I was also impressed with the overall speed of OSX , apps would open in a blink even on this old hardware.
The overall design too of the GUI i liked it wasnt too hard a transition for me which is good considering i had never used OSX before in my life i managed to find my way around easily. The main purpose of my foray into the wold of OSX was to check out some of its marvelous software after doing some research and installing some updates i found i was only able to run garageband , imovie spat out an error saying my GPU was not quartz enabled and i knew for a fact it was, after some more research i found a little app called OSX tools (a must for any hackintosh) lets u enable quartz on the GPU, i did this and then imovie spat back whoooa now u need quartz extreme LOL , so i gave up on imovie , i have a pal over at insanely mac and he been keeping me right about a few things , he pointed out that these issues were caused by it being an old version of snow leopard i was running and i should try get up to 10.5.6 at least , so that was my next mission
As i was going to wipe the 10.5.2 i played around some and did something i knew would more than likely brick my install but as i was gonna wipe it i didnt care too much , i installed the combo update from apple software and sure enough it bricked the 10.5.2 install , no problem .
My pal over at insanely mac edited my DSDT file (extracted from pclinuxos using iasl from repo) i downloaded the 10.5.6 dmg then used transmac in windows to copy the image to the usb stick , then we hit a snag we could not write the DSDT or the extra folder to root of the usb as it was formatted in hfs+ journaled and apparently id need a real mac computer to do this , i do have a friend who owns a macbook but i wouldnt ask him as i know how much his macbook means to him and i reckon he be paranoid to do anything on it to upset the spirit of steve , so hence my trip came to an abrupt end.
All in all i found OSX to be a very good operating system, better than windows IMHO Snow Leopard for me looked a LOT like gnome 2 ( no bad thing )if i would have gotten it up and running well i would have kept it as my number2 (Linux will always be my OS of choice) i occasionally mess about and make some silly videos ect and although linux can do this with openshot it lacks the bling , modern transitions ect, i would have liked to mess with imovie for that purpose , i know i will get asked “so u liked OSX when u gonna buy a mac”? im doubtful that will ever happen i know apple make great products and have great software but in MY opinion they are just overpriced intels w/ custom smc chips .
a friend recently pointed out “well you only do generic stuff on your computer so an imac would kinda be overkill for you” which i totally agree with , why spend 2k on a 27 inch imac just so i can use it for irc and a browser and a twitter client oh and make the occasional silly video, if i was some kind of GFX expert or was interested in streaming ect then id be all over the 27″ imac, but im not, im just a generic end user. Im still planning on doing an upgrade and it will most prolly be a System 76 i7 PC.
In summation i enjoyed my trip into OSX i was pleasantly surprised by it and im glad i did it so like i said when im ever asked about it i can make an informed descision, it worked and worked well (apart from audio glitches) so i can imagine how good it would be on proper apple hardware but for me and for what i do on a PC i wont be dropping Arch Linux any time soon , infact even when i get this upgrade u know what OS be going on there first , thats just my preference, i understand its not everyones, life would be so banal if we all had the same perceptions on things.