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Old 06-23-2005, 10:19 PM
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Default Help me! I\'m slipping over to the dark side....

Is there a compelling reason to NOT get a PowerBook?

Since finding out that the Gateway laptop that I was going to get has been discontinued, I've been looking at other viable alternatives--including a 15" G4 PowerBook.

I've looked at the Dell Inspiron 9300-Don't need, or want a 17" screen in a laptop. I've looked at the Inspiron 6000--attractive, and it's listed on the approved laptops page for MBox, but not for Digi 002/R (which I'm hoping to get some time soon). But, Dell is the white bread of the computer world; they're like Wal-Mart.

I'm a student, so I need something for general studying and internet communication, as well as being a Protools system. I'm also a committed Linux user (if you didn't know that already), so whatever laptop I get will have a dual boot set up with Linux. There are versions of Linux, including Gentoo that will run on PPC architecture, including the PowerBooks.

So, I think I'm looking at the Dell Inspiron 6000, or the 15" PowerBook.

I'm not comfortable buying a refurbished system, especially since it looks as though Gateway is killing off the eMachines brand after their acquisition last year.

Pros for getting a PowerBook:
It is fully compatible with Protools
Can dual boot it to Linux--which admittedly has a coolness factor of 11
There are more plug-ins available for Mac
Most recording studios use Mac--experience with Mac, Windows and Linux a big plus
Once I get it set up, I'll have lots of experience networking Windows, Linux, and Mac OS X together
Comes with Garage Band
Can get Final Cut Express for $150 extra

Cons for getting a PowerBook:
The damn things are ungodly expensive
It runs Mac OS
It's built by Apple
It only has one button on the mouse pad

Are there any other reasons, pro or con for getting a PowerBook? I was ready two days ago to get the Gateway 7426GX, but has since been discontinued. I now find myself standing on the verge of a cliff that I have avoided previously. I've gone, in the last twelve hours from not thinking at all about getting a Mac, to probably going to get one.

help me....
Justice C. Bigler

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