Dell Mini 9 and Mac OS X

dell_mini9_running_osx If it weren’t for the fact that I’m using a Dell Mini 9 running Mac OS X 10.5.6 to post this entry, I guess I could be skeptical of the claims that a little tiny thing like this would be able to run Mac OS X like my MacbookPros. Well let me tell you, it’s pretty dern neat!

Using a formula easily found on the MyDellMini forums, it’s true. You can run the Mac OS X you purchased on the Dell Mini 9 and everything appears to work. Some things I haven’t tried yet, but those things I would probably never use. Only snag I ran into installing was my external DVD drive didn’t work with the install DVD. I bought an LG specifically for this purpose, but a borrowed Sony got it done.

I can’t say that this would be a replacement for a Macbook, but for someone like me who likes to have his OS X not very far away, so far it’s amazing! Only things I wonder about is space on the SSD and I have a 32G installed. I’ve already installed Xcode and my Rails development environment. The SSD shows as being 28.38 GB in size and has 19.46 GB available. I wish they would standardize the size of storage devices. You know, the 1000 vs. 1024 thing. Bah!

So having 20GB to play around with I think is fine. Again, I think this is more for the away from home convenience rather than a power house of storage. I mean, at least I can develop in cramped spaces and I don’t have to worry about fitting a 15 or 17″ MBP anywhere. This little guy rocks.

I’ll update in the future after having more experience with it. But so far, can’t beat this thing with a stick! Mobile Mac OS X for less than $500.