The end is nigh.
My current notebook is approaching five years in age, and my (formerly skookum gaming) desktop was most recently unable to fire up the Bioshock demo. I’ve been running Ubuntu as my principal OS for two years, and I’ve accomplished most of my Linux goals. I’m continually teaching in Mac-based schools, and despite having a passable understanding of OS X, and I am not as comfortable with it as I might like. Therefore, and if only to benefit my own professional development1, I make the following promise on the Internet: my next computer will be made by Apple.
That said, this pledge is not undertaken without conditions. Should he want me as a customer, Steve Jobs is to personally ensure my ~$1000 MacBook includes the following improvements over current models:
- Mac OS X Leopard
- dedicated video card, preferably NVIDIA2 (integrated graphic solutions are a deal breaker)
- aluminum casing (lighter/cleaner/more easily recycled than white polycarbonate)
While not mandatory, the following would be appreciated:
- LED backlight
There are blogosphere rumblings that suggest at least some of these developments might be arriving soon, but I’m not going to hold my breath.
Anyone with input on current hardware, experience with Leopard builds, or the ability to hook a brother up with Apple rebates is invited to post below.
1. It is not only to benefit my own professional development.
2. I’ve been an ATI user since ’96, but their terrible Linux support has ensured I will be looking elsewhere for at least one cycle. Had I bought a contemporaneous NVIDIA card rather than my ATI 9600 XT AIW, my desktop would have easily had a future as a MythTV box rather than merely a bland media server.