Space For Commerce | Brian Dunbar | OS X is a supeior shell for running LinuxI just had a similar conversation with Mrs SB7 because I'm looking to replace my
How 'bout that: X11 applications running on my Mac all nice and handy.
Theory: OS X is a superior platform for running 'linux' applications.
I have enough headaches getting the aforementioned boxes in my lab to run, so I don't want the hassle of maintaining a Linux laptop. Nor am I in a position to get a whole new workflow set up, so I think I need to stick with MacOS X.
Because this leaves me spending an unfortunate amount of money, I want to be sure.
I have two main problems with my current machine. Well, problems that are unrelated to its age, anemic processing power, lost ability to handle i/o interrupts and general wear-and-tear hardware issues. If anyone has experience recent vintage MacBook Pros, I'd like to hear about them.
(1) Disk operations seem *very* slow. Even when it was new and free disk space was plentiful this was a problem. Paging now is brutally, crippling slow. People I know who have Mac laptops either (a) haven't had this problem, or (b) don't know enough about computers to know what I'm talking about. Maybe I'm just crazy/fooling myself. Has anyone experienced this with newer machines?
(2) When I run with a second monitor plugged in, which is 90% of the time, WindowServer absolutely gobbles up CPU. It will spike to around 30% of one processing core for three or four minutes, even when I'm not doing anything more intensive than browsing Wikipedia. I haven't done any rigorous testing of this, but I've only noticed it happening when the second monitor is present.
Does anyone else have experience running a modern Macbook Pro w/ the standard graphics card ("Intel HD Graphics 4000") with a second monitor? Square inches of screen real estate is a big deal for me, so if I can't use a dual monitor set-up without crippling the CPU, this is a no-go.
(2b) Related-but-trivial: has anyone run Civ 5 on a MacBook Pro with the basic graphics set-up? (The Intel HD 4000, that is.) This is not even a tertiary concern, but it would be nice to be able to do.