[OT] "MacMini" 7-8 years later

Richmond richmondmathewson at gmail.com
Sun Mar 3 13:45:25 EST 2013

On 03/03/2013 08:27 PM, Roger Eller wrote:
> What is the performance like in a VM on old hardware? Wouldn't it be faster
> if installed directly in a partition?

It runs really very well indeed for Livecode development.

I do nothing else whatsoever on the Faux Mac; all my graphic processing and
font development is done on the underlying UbuntuStudio.

The underlying machine has these specs:

Intel Core2 6300 @ 1.82 GHz  5.8 GB RAM

Hardware virtualisation is enabled in the BIOS.

The Mac OS 10.6.8 inside VMware has 3 GB RAM allotted to it, and its own
system specifications says that it is:

4.30 GHz Intel Core 2 Solo

Quite how it arrives at that bizarre 4.3 GHz escapes me.


As to installing in a partition: I have tried that and, frankly found 
those Hackintosh recipes
too much like hard work.

As I own a Mac OS 10.6 install DVD I felt no moral problem about 
downloading a pre-installed
VMware image with 10.6 pre-installed, so saving myself an awful lot of 


To be quite honest, I'm not just that sure that if I had a disposable 
1,300 Euros I would bother
to spend it on a Mac; as Linux has come of age it seems that that sort 
of money for a computer
is not really justified.

The ONLY software I have paid for in the last 10 years is Livecode and 
about 3 system install disks
for Macintosh: Open Source software is now of such a high calibre I do 
not require any other
commercial product.

The only reason I continue to use any form of modern Macintosh at all is 
because, right now,
Mac standalones made on Windows or Linux don't function properly on 
Macintosh computers.

--- something that I hope will be addressed with some sense of urgency 
by RunRev ---

> On Mar 3, 2013 1:22 PM, "Richmond" <richmondmathewson at gmail.com> wrote:
>> On 03/03/2013 07:44 PM, Roger Eller wrote:
>>> I only suggest that they allow an unsupported fork because 'support' for
>>> all that crazy PC hardware is the typical answer for why Apple doesn't do
>>> this.
>> I don't believe Apple.
>> I think the reason they will not allow people to install Mac OS X on
>> non-Apple computers
>> is because Apple computers are very expensive, and once they allow people
>> to install their OS on
>> other hardware they fear people will stop buying their machines.
>> That is exactly why I bought Mac OS 10.6 and run it inside VMware Player
>> in a second hand DELL Optiplex 745
>> with 6 Gigs of RAM, which cost me, in total, 300 Euros . . .
>> ( 100 for the computer, 100 for another 4 Gigs of RAM, 100 for the
>> wide-screen monitor )
>> . . . and exactly why Apple don't like people like me, because a
>> bottom-of-the range 21.5 inch iMac costs
>> about 1,269 Euros.
>> I don't expect an support from Apple; which is just as well, as they won't
>> give me anything except a boot
>> up the nether regions!
>> Richmond.
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