[kwlug-disc] Mac OS and Linux

Chris Irwin chris at chrisirwin.ca
Fri Jul 3 07:03:07 EDT 2009

On Wed, 2009-07-01 at 11:28 -0400, Oksana Goertzen wrote:

> Yeah, the one I'm looking at has a Nvidia 9400M.  I don't see much
> info on the technology behind the mouse.

The new trackpads are also made by broadcom.
> Are you using antivirus with the Mac OS?  I did find this software to
> ClamAV under Mac OS.  http://www.clamxav.com/index.php

Nothing at the moment. We have used Norton before, but it seemed to crap
out with OS updates, so I haven't bothered. Right now I'm using nothing.

> No bios?  How does that work?  Thanks - I will keep around the Mac OS.
> I do want to try it out - I haven't used it since my early days at
> University.

The computer uses EFI. EFI has a "legacy" bios module for bootstrapping
Windows and Linux, etc. Linux could use EFI directly (though not by
default with any distros I can think of) but most graphics drivers won't
work properly since they use BIOS calls to help set up the screen.

Chris Irwin <chris at chrisirwin.ca>
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