[OS X TeX] What kind of operation is TeXing? (concerning hardware)

Steffen Wolfrum osxtex at st.estfiles.de
Thu Feb 3 17:40:21 CET 2005


I am thinking about to buy a Mac Mini (1.42 MHz).

Reading some reviews I noticed that a lack of this machine are disk-intensive
operations – for the hard drive seems to be relatively slow.

As my very main target by buying a new Mac is to have TeX (ConTeXt, XeTeX)
executed fast (at a resonable price: no option for dual G5!), I would like to
ask you for an advice:

What kind of operation is TeXing (i.e. running texexec --pdf in the terminal)?
What kind of components are important for this (fast processor, lots of RAM,
fast harddrive)?

And is a Mac Mini (1.42 MHz) a good idea, or do you recommend an other machine
(at a comparable price)?

Thank you for feeback and comments.


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