Ramblings of a Digital Educator

October 8, 2006

The new Macbook Pro from Apple

Filed under: Mac OS X — dtrask @ 9:41 pm

Macbook Pro

Ok…maybe it’s not so new, but mine is! I have recently received a new Macbook Pro laptop. What a cool laptop (and no…I’m not referring to the ambient temperature as the MacBook Pro does run a tad warm). I love the ergonomics, weight, and features….not to mention it’s screaming fast! Perhaps the most important feature to me, as an educator, is the fact that I can run Mac OS X, Windows XP, and Linux (I’m running Ubuntu) all on the same machine! That’s pretty useful!

There are two main methods for running Linux and Windows on a MacBook Pro. One such method is through the use of BootCamp. Click here for more info.

Another method….and the manner I have chosen to do it….is with a program called Parallels Workstation for Mac OS X. Click here to visit the Parallels site.

I have installed both Windows XP and Ubuntu along with Mac OS X.

See screenshot here:

Windows, Mac OS X, and Ubuntu desktop

click for larger pic

Now I can have my cake and eat it too…Linux, OS X, and Windows. As an educator, this is ideal….one laptop to rule them all 🙂 I can work with OpenOffice showing a feature to my second graders….move to Windows to record the latest typing scores for my fifth grade class…and then back to Mac OS X to finish editing a Keynote presentation with my middle school kids. If you’re looking for a very fast laptop with cool features like a built in camera, dual core Intel processors, and decent battery life…..oh and the cool remote that controls Front Row…allowing you to use your MBP as a media center…then the Macbook Pro comes highly recommended…

at least by me! 🙂


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