Switching to Ubuntu GNOME from OS X / by Brian Lambert


I'm switching from OS X to Ubuntu GNOME 13.10 for my Ruby on Rails development. I'm also starting to work on learning GTK programming.

The Office

At the office, I'm using an ASUS M51AD that I picked up from Best Buy. I didn't want to bother with a custom build for the office, so this machine is good enough.

To this machine I've added a Samsung 250 GB 840 EVO. With > 500 MB/s RW, it's as fast as I need in a disk for RoR development.

Geekbench 3.1.4 for Linux x86 (64-bit) reports:

 4,006 Single-Core
15,034 Multi-Core

Click here for the report.

This machine is mated to a Dell U3014 UltraSharp 30-Inch PremierColor Monitor and another nondescript DELL 1900x1200 monitor as a second screen. It's a pretty sweet set-up.

At Home

At home, I went for a custom build.

I started off with an EVGA Hadron Air mini ITX case. It was bold, but I decided that I wanted to go mini ITX so I would have a compact system.

For a motherboard I went with an ASUS Z87I-DELUXE. It has Elite status from Tom's Hardware. Here's the review I read which helped me pick it.

The processor is an i7-4770K.

Memory is 16 GB of Crucial Ballistix - nothing too special about that.

The boot drive is a Toshiba 128 GB HDTS312XZSTA. It's also capable of > 500 MB/s RW, so plenty fast and large enough for the OS.

The development disk is another Samsung 250 GB 840 EVO. That's where I keep all my git repositories.

I've overclocked the rig to 4.2 GHz.

Geekbench 3.1.4 for Linux x86 (64-bit) reports:

 4,351 Single-Core
16,620 Multi-Core

Click here for the report.

This machine is mated to a HP ZR2740w 27-inch LED Backlit IPS Monitor. This is essentially the exact same screen as an iMac 27" display. I also have a DELL 24" 1920x1080 IPS display as a second screen.

And Mac Pro...

Now, here's the interesting part... I built the home machine for well under $1,500, including the sweet HP monitor (which I got on sale at Micro Center).

Compare this machine with a new Mac Pro (Late 2013) model costing $3,000 (which, by the way, only has 12 GB of RAM):

Geekbench 3.1.4 for Mac OS X x86 (64-bit) reports:

 3,369 Single-Core
21,167 Multi-Core

Click here for the report.

Clearly, the Mac Pro is not a good value in terms of price/performance. I've been a big-time Mac fanboy for several years now, but lately... Not so much. I certainly love the industrial design of MacBook  Pro and Air laptops, but when it comes to the industrial design of my desktop machine, I could care less.

That's all for now.