[Offtopic] DEECD Notebooks

victor rajewski askvictor at gmail.com
Tue Aug 28 13:47:43 EST 2007

On 8/28/07, Cameron Bell <bell.cameron.p at edumail.vic.gov.au> wrote:
> <disillusionment>
> Is it just me or are you finding that the notebooks DEECD lease are
> struggling to keep up?
> I have put a Gig of RAM in the R51 (up from default 512) I have and
> because at any given time I am running a virtual box, a remote desktop
> session for admin, plus email plus online marking, the thing is having a
> hernia. I don't even bother with Clickview videos.
> I was thinking of getting a Macbook in the next rollout, but I have
> severe doubts that they would be any better, especially given the
> miniscule partition size you are left with if you install XP as well. (I
> would need 3 partitions to take any advantage of getting a Mac - Ubuntu,
> OSX and XP)

Given that the IBM option only gives you 512MB RAM, a macbook with 1GB
is definitely an advantage even if you wipe OSX from it. And it's
smaller, lighter, and sexier. Even the lack of second mouse button is
offset by the two-finger-tap feature. And if you keep a common data
partition (in, urgh, FAT format), 80GB HD shouldn't be too bad,
really. Also, the dual-core CPU (also in the R60) should make VMs run
much happier.


More information about the offtopic mailing list