This thread started over in Anything Mac as
"G4 Cube with OS9 to G5 with Panther"
and relates my own successful evaluation of a G5 and transition fro OS9 to OSX.
It's in a Blog like format to relate various Test Drivers experiences.
I'm certainly ready to declare this project a success from my own desktop.
Apple had suggested a G5 Test Drive program earlier in August but then killed it for unknown reasons. Based on my experience we can see the motivation behind the idea. Many clients and ourselves are leery of first Gen boxes and many of my clients have stayed off OSX for speed and "transition" issues.
Well we think the box is impressive and quiet enough that it needs to be taken seriously as the "next big thing" for Mac users.
What was promised is coming to fruition with maturing OS and the speed to handle all the eye candy and features without lagging.
So we will be preparing a G5 1.8 with RAM and drive space enough to handle anything from video to graphics to gaming and 3D.
If you have a serious interest and are in the GTA you can put a well rigged G5 on your desk for a day and a night.
Cost? To cover staff time and "wear and tear" we've put a double nickel price on this speed limit buster. $55
That includes delivery and pickup!!!
Fully refundable if you end up getting a G5 from us anytime within a month.
We're setting up the machine today with RAM and drives. We are working on final details.
We currently only have one machine available so booking early would be a good idea.
What will you need? Your own keyboard mouse and monitor.
If you have questions please use email for them. Thanks.
Spend the time and a few dollars, you'll be well rewarded.
This note is repeated elsewhere.
original post follows
Well I'm impressed enough with the G5 as a personal box to take a shot at moving off my beloved Cube
The surprising part is that the G5 is quiet enough for me to tolerate in an extremely quiet environment
Target mode is taking the data over to the G5 - a few things will need to run in Classic for the moment but the exercise is to see how well the transition goes.
I'm copying through Firewire while posting this and the protected memory shows with only a tiny lag on the G5.
The OS feels fast enough even at 1600x1200. That was a big issue altho fast G4s were no slouch.
I think Panther is perhaps a significant part of this as is is wickedly quicker than Jaguar.
The MS mouse and software moved over perfectly.
I've got some concerns over Safari as there is no IE installed with Panther. I like Safari but I've got to explore a few of the image capture issues. Minor stuff.
Faxing I'm concerned about. Experiences welcome.
Critical apps are
Filemaker - not expecting any issues there
Faxing - ????
Graphic converter - again no problems anticipated - I prefer it over iPhoto.
Phone Pad - this is going to be an issue - anyone got a freeform searchable resizeable fully indexed notepad for X - with importing [img]tongue.gif[/img]
Mail - the worst of all - I'm not sure about sticking with MS on this through office. Suggestions welcome.
I'm a very high volume user so clear searchabe that is easy and intutive is important and no detached windows that float. Entourage may be the only one for me at the moment as I need in and out mail in the same window.
Open to suggestions.
So far so good the copy is done. On with the experiment.
G5s are reeeeaaaaaally nice boxes.
[ October 02, 2003, 01:54 PM: Message edited by: macdoc ]