Mac OS X vs. Linux (Ubuntu)
I've finally come around to realizing that my Windows box simply won't cut it if I want to use many of the math applications that are out there, some of which run only on Unix and some of which run better on Unix. And, if I ever want to be involved in improving the PM code, I'll need a box.
So I've been looking at Ubuntu. My first problem is that it's not very easy to find anywhere a list of hardware that will run Ubuntu. Dell has exactly one laptop and one desktop that are certified, and I've found *no* other laptops from a reasonably extensive Google search.
My second issue is whether I really need to go with Ubuntu, or whether Mac OS X is "close enough". Again, I can't really find any good information on the Web, and the Apple store people are completely useless. So, does anyone know: a) in general, if an app says it runs on "Linux", is it likely to run on the Mac? How about the math-related or LaTeX-related applications that we all use or would like to use? How about PM itself? b) I've heard that the new Mac OS will dual-boot Linux (I know it will dual-boot Windows, so I'll bet there's just a dual-boot mechanism in there). Does anyone know what flavors of Unix are supported? Do they share the filesystem with the Mac? (I know that Windows does not).
Any help, advice, or pointers would be greatly appreciated.
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