[Baypiggies] hardware question

Alexandre Conrad alexandre.conrad at gmail.com
Fri Dec 24 03:59:43 CET 2010

I agree that macs are more expensive and I think its kind of a rip-off. But
it sounds like Vikram is getting "funding" and I assumed he's not paying for
it (company?). ;)

But still they are powerful, pretty light, good autonomy, nice graphic card,
sharp screen, etc...

That said, I think you'll still need to get used to a different keyboard
layout and the formerly know "apple-key" for shortcuts. And the lack of
"del" key.

Sent from my fantastic HTC Hero

On Dec 23, 2010 6:41 PM, "Paul Ivanov" <pivanov314 at gmail.com> wrote:

Jason Culverhouse, on 2010-12-23 17:10, wrote:
> Just my 2 cents, 6 years python development on Mac...

Can you be more specific about what kind of development you're
talking about? web? pure python? The reason I ask is that it
doesn't sound typical for the packages Vikram specifically

> >> Since most of my computational work will be using python i wanted to
ask others on this forum ...
I'm also a user of numpy, matplotlib, scipy and friends. I run
ubuntu so you can take mine as just comments from the peanut
gallery, but I interact with other folks using a similar
computing environment on other platforms here at UC Berkeley
(both through the py4science group we have, and this past
semester through TA-ing).

My impression is that OS X users run into a lot more problems
getting these particular packages up and running on OS X (just
for starters: will you use system python, fink, macports,
something else?  oh my!). I think most end up grabbing
Enthought's EPD - since it's free for academic use [1] (with the
caveat that EPD resolves the 'which python' issue by shipping
with its own python - but you do get all of numpy, scipy,
matplotlib, ipython, etc. bundled in there).

As for the Alexandre's comment about putting Ubuntu on a Mac to
get both the software and the hardware - I think this may only be
argued with respect to build quality these days - not the
underlying hardwar. Apple tends to charge more for systems with
the identical processor and memory configuration, compared to
most of the other computer manufacturers out there.

1. http://www.enthought.com/products/edudownload.php

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