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Monday March 17, 2003
03:41 PM

Another reason not to buy a Mac

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I went out to see if there was an OSX driver for my Xerox WorkCentre 390 - nope. Same is true for my Umax Astra 6400 scanner.

That pretty much kills any pipe dreams I had for buying an OSX box this year. No way in hell am I gonna buy new peripherals just so they run on a Mac.

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  • No kidding. It took me forever to save up the money to upgrade, because I also needed a new printer, scanner, and wacom tablet in order to run OS X.

    ..But then I found a really cool reason _to_ buy a Mac. Mac-On-Linux. [maconlinux.org]

    So now I can have a Dual-proc 1.25 GHz Debian PowerPC Linux workstation, and _still_ run Mac OS9 and OSX applications at full processor speed. It's the best of all worlds, as far as I can tell.

    But still. It's expensive.

    • Umax is one of the worst. A lot of companies did not do updated drivers, but Umax was in widespread use by Mac users, and they just abandoned the slightly older hardware on the newer platform. Lost a lot of repeat business, I imagine.