Apple shrinks Mac Mini price
Diminutive desktop now cheaper
Apple has knocked 50 quid off the price of the Mac Mini.
The diminutive desktop Mac - it's just 197 x 197 x 36mm - was, at launch, priced at £649. That bought you a 2.4GHz Core 2 Duo processor, 2GB of 1067MHz DDR 3 memory, a 320GB 5400rpm Sata hard drive, 8x multi-format DVD writer and Nvidia GeForce 320M graphics integrated into the chipset. The spec hasn't changed, but the price is now £599.
The Mini still offers a Firewire 800 port, four USB 2.0 ports, an SD card slot and a Gigabit Ethernet port round the back. It also includes 2.4GHz and 5GHz 802.11n Wi-Fi, plus Bluetooth 2.1.
You can read Reg Hardware's review of the 2010 Mac Mini here. ®
What open source UI would you recommend then? Most at just a rip off of what Apple or Microsoft have done.
Re : Awful UI
Well, to be fair, it's a matter of taste - although speaking as an OSX, BSD and Linux user I find the Apple interface generally very good indeed, and certainly beautifully put together IMO. The fact that the AC comments conflate BSD and good UI design does however strike me, from an historical perspective at least, as possibly
(c) great hilarity
(e) a combination of the above
That said, implying that most open source front ends are simply rip-offs of Microsoft and/or Apple also shows a spectacularly blinkered view of the endemic theft / inspiration / impersonation / what-have-you in the user interface world since the year dot.
You get an OS with this, so that a laptop comes with Windows isn't relevant.
You get what you pay for - a custom motherboard form factor, aluminium casing and a nice stylish product.
Nobody grumbles about BMWs and Mercedes when you can get a similarly specced Ford for less.
1. Suggesting Linux wins on the UI front, traditionally one of the Gimpiest parts of OSS
2. Not understanding the term 'value'. On that basis, that cost is all that matters, we'd all by driving Korean cars, paying peanuts to Indian monkeys to write code, and buying our groceries at Lidl. Oh, wait...
Are you trolling...
or really just that ignorant?
"Linux desktops were mocking NeXT long before Apple decided to get in on the action." You do know that Apple bought NeXT?