Which is better? OSX or Ubuntu?
nielsen at oz.net
Wed Jan 25 04:43:38 UTC 2006
On Jan 22, 2006, at 7:33 PM, Terry Parker wrote:
>> 2. Your machine has USB 1.1, NOT 2.0. This means that your 120 GB HD
>> will transfer files at a glacial pace (about 1 MB/sec MAX)
>> compared to
>> USB 2.0 or Firewire. If you can use Firewire (IEEE 1391) do so --
>> faster than USB 2.0 in real world situations (technically USB 2.0 is
>> 480 Mbps and Firewire is 400 Mbps but Firewire is a more robust
>> protocol, better able to sustain data transfers).
> I like USB 2.0 better, I suppose just personal preference. It gives me
> better results.
> While the former statement is true, 1394 (1391 sic), will almost
> provide better throughput and has more flexible powering options
> (though USB
> 2.0 is catching up), what I really wonder about is Apple's
> commitment to
> 1394/firewire. My brand spanking new $400 60GB Ipod comes with USB
> connectors only and actually if you try to use a firewire/usb
> bridge to
> charge it, they are saying you can damage the battery and lower its
> expectancy. I'd say this is a sign that the point is moot and that
> USB 2.x
> won out.
While a Mac can boot from a firewire drive, it cannot do so from a
USB drive (I found this out the hard way, of course). I suspect that
Apple will support both for quite a while (400 firewire, at least).
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