Best Operating System for me.

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Over the years I’ve changed my operating system a lot. Sometimes too regularly. A lot if my day to day work is managing remote servers over SSH or RDP.

OSX

I’ve been using a Mac mini at work now for a little over a year. Its a great spec, (i7, 16GB RAM) and with multiple dual 24″ monitors it’s a system to be reckoned with. It’s got an underling *nix system so I have native access to linux tools, including SSH. With the addition of Homebrew a lot of tools are easily installable too.

Windows

I still lean towards Windows for gaming, mainly on Steam.

FPS is still loads better on my Windows 7 i5 machine.

Debian GNU Linux

I LOVE Debian. It’s always been my server os of choice. If multi monitor support was better and less work, no doubt it would be my main desktop OS. Gaming is getting so much better too.

OS Pros Cons
 OSX  Native *nix stuff. Great Multi monitor support.  Poor graphics support for gaming.
 Windows  Great multi monitor support  No native SSH/linux stuff.
 Debian  Flexibility, performance.  Poor multi monitor support.

It looks like I’m keeping a few different systems a while longer!

UPDATED: Hackintosh Build Notes Z77-DS3H i5 Gigabyte GT220 1GB

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**** Update 24th July 2014 ****

Re-visted my Hackintosh build tonight. Some things seem to have changed in the most recent release of Unibeast (Mavericks) I couldn’t get it to boot for what seemed like years.

Eventually I figured out that the BIOS wasn’t saving settings. Do this:

Save & Exit / Load Optimized Defaults

Peripherals / SATA Mode Selection – AHCI BIOS Features / Intel Virtualization Technology – Disabled (or add kernel flag dart=0) BIOS Features / VT-d – Disabled (or add kernel flag dart=0)

You now should be able to boot from your Unibeast USB drive. I had to -v GraphicsEnabler=YES with the GT220 installed in order to get the installer to load.

Run Multibeast and add the i5 stuff, audio & network if needed. If you break things with Multibeast you can boot with -x (safe mode) to run it again.

Remember to backup!

**** Sep 13th 2013

 

The following notes describe my most recent Hackintosh build. Hardware Motherboard: Gigabyte Z77-DS3H Graphics Card: Gigabyte GeForce GT220 1GB RAM: 8GB Crucial (2 sticks) My preferred method of hackintosh is using Unibeast & Mulitbeast both products of the excellent Hackintosh resource site; www.tonymac86.com Continue reading

New keyboard

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Found a bargain yesterday in our local CEX store. Why haven’t I bought one earlier?

Hackintosh

This is a quick write up on my Hackintosh experiences. [SUCCESS]

My computing choices and views have started to change recently. Since having the Macbook pro, I’ve become increasingly dis-satisfied with my Windows & Linux desktop operating systems. (Don’t get me wrong, Debian still is my main server choice!)

I was fed up with slowness, poor hardware support & broken updates. What I needed was  desktop OS that is tested with specific hardware to make sure that everything is compatible, fast and works with minimum fuss.

Apple computers fit that bracket, but they have one major downfall – the cost! I simply cannot afford an Apple system (preferably an Apple Pro – they start at £2041 without a monitor!!)

There is another option to gain an Apple system for lower cost – a Hackintosh. This is the method of installing Apples operating system on standard PC hardware.

I chose to go the hackintosh route, to see if my hardware would work and I could get OSX (Lion) booted and working.

I followed an excellent guide here to create a bootable USB Lion install disk. In fact that www.tonymacx86.com site has a wealth of resources that any hackintosh fan should digest!

So after a lot of learning I have created an OSX Lion hackintosh system on the following hardware:

  • Gigabyte GA-G31M-ES2L motherboard (Socket 775) Link
  • Intel Core 2 Duo (2.0 Ghz)
  • Gigabyte GT220 1GB NVIDIA graphics card. Link

The motherboard and chip are not that new, and need to be upgraded, but it works fine.

Things you need to have:

BUY OSX Lion from the App Store (on another MAC) or get the retail USB key
Tonymac Uniboot USB bootable drive/disk.
Multibeast – Tonymac post install utility. 

TIP: It would be really handy for this process if you know what chipsets your hardware has. If you’re a Linux geek, use lspci to get a nice hardware capture.

TIP: As soon as you have a working OSX system, back it up!! (Use Apples built-in Time Machine to another partition or harddisk) You WILL break you system trying to  get everything working!

The first working install (There were many more after this! Remember to backup!)

Upgrades coming soon:

i7 chip & board, 16GB RAM 🙂

This is a video of the actual system below: