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Unix filesystem semantics are useful

There’s been a minor furore lately about ZFS and Mac OS and laptops.

First, AppleInsider reported that ZFS would play a larger role in future versions of Mac OS X. MWJ took that article to task, contending (once you ignore the snarky asides) that ZFS is inappropriate for laptops. Drew Thaler, previously a filesystem engineer for Apple, chimed in to extol the good qualities of ZFS.

Then MWJ responded, explaining their position in more depth. Which is all well and good, except that some of the things they said made no sense at all.

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Mac Mini

If you’re looking for an inexpensive Linux box, you’d probably find it hard to beat the low-end Mac Mini. It currently goes for £399 in a configuration including a 1.83 GHz Core 2 Duo, 1 GiB of RAM, an 80 GB hard disk, a CD-RW/DVD-ROM drive, both VGA and DVI output, a remote control, gigabit ethernet, 802.11b/g wireless, Bluetooth, Firewire, four USB ports. The case is only 51×165×165 mm, and the system’s all but silent.

Picking up a non-Apple keyboard, optical wheelmouse, and 17” or 19” DVI monitor will take the total price to somewhere in the region of £500–£550. What’s not to like?

If you’re looking to run Mac OS, you can still go with the non-Apple monitor and mouse, but you’re probably better spending the extra money for an Apple keyboard; OS X is somewhat confusing on a standard PC keyboard. But if you’re looking for a desktop system, note that the more extra bits and pieces you buy, the closer the price will come to that of an iMac, at £799, especially if you go for the high-end Mini at £499.

Update, 1 Oct: Well, there are two caveats if you want to run Linux, it turns out.

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