Dorico on Mac instead of PC?

Nobody would ask for Linux :interrobang:

Macs and PCs have their own advantages and disadvantages. Dorico works well on both, so it’s not really a big factor in making a decision.

What’s more important is making sure you get a machine, either Mac or PC, that is capable of running whatever software you are using for playback.

I’d also agree that it’s only worth switching if you have a compelling reason to.

I comfortably kept an iMac for a decade before I finally had to replace it. The only reason was the lack of FireWire support, after all that time. Or rather, the cludgy set of dongles and adapters I would have had to use to adapt to an old FireWire setup. I’d say that 10 years before being “forced” isn’t too bad. And they support their iOS devices longer than any other manufacturer too.


Didn’t mean to get into the whole Mac vs PC war. I’m considering getting a Mac MINI for gigs. It’d have everything I need in one neat little box, and should perform rock solid. Low power, low noise, etc.

Just saying why Windows still has control panels from 1995 showing up in some software (or user customized desktops). Legacy support…

I understand there was a decent sized Intel era for Mac that things didn’t change too much. Still, the legacy support for ‘modern machines’ still able to run software and OSes going all the back to the late 80s isn’t there for Macs (virtual machines not withstanding, as those are pretty good at running apps, but not so good at direct support of older kit plugged into slots and ports).

Don’t get me wrong. I know legacy support all the way back to 8 and 16bit software is not important to everyone. More people have ditched hardware synths and samplers for all software noise makers. Serious pros tend to have at least two working rigs and ‘phase into’ newer stuff from the ground up anyway. When they order the 3rd one, they’ll start selling off 10 year old stuff for half or more what they paid for it (not so much the PC, but the high end audio DAC units, pro audio I/O breakout boxes/cables, and such).

Some of us have to wait several years and buy used to be able to afford something like a high end audio interface…and even at 5yo used prices, they can cost more than a fairly high range Windows PC build (only necessary to replace EVERYTHING at once if moving to a newer motherboard chipset/footprint).

For what it’s worth, it’s nice to be able to still slap something like a Delta 1010, or older stuff from the likes of RME and Lynx on a $12 PCI>PCIe bridge in 2024, with the latest OS and apps, and end up with a great sounding, very low latency setup, with gobs of high end analogue and digital I/O capabilities. With some luck you can be running some really nice stuff for under $400.

To come close to that quality/flexibility/performance with a brand new audio interface in 2024, you’re easily pushing a grand in USD, and that’s before you get the breakout box/cables and clocking doodads that you’ll need!

Linux is a kernel not a graphical desktop environment.

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I am now, at last, in the proces of replacing my windows desktop which is now also over 10 years old! Only changed a harddisk for an ssd…
So not only macs can hold out long!
Not to enter the mac-windows discussion which will go on without end, I do not care which os I am using, as long as the applictions do what I want them to do!


What about the numerous distributions?

A distribution is a huge selection of thousands of tools, programs, utilities, a graphical environment and the Linux Kernel.

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Thanks Jürgen!
Thus could it run Dorico? (Well, if programmed for… :wink: )
I have to use it for a research Institute, and I find it absolutely efficient…

Thus could it run Dorico?

Apparently so …

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No, it is not developed to run under any Linux distribution. The supported operating systems are MacOS and Windows.

The text you have quoted here is extremely experimental. It requires a lot of installations and configurations and you should absolutely know what you are doing, this is definitely nothing for the standard user.

On top of it, if anything doesn’t work as expected you are on your own. You won’t get any support for this.

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So… Linux, then. :laughing:


macOs is fundamentally unix so there is no downside to choosing Apple then, with all the upside of a managed and tested platform. As mentioned previously if you don’t prefer the macOs Finder then there are some other options, or, just use the shell for everything.

Maybe, but the differences in performance between Mac (and Windows) compared with Linux for my programs is quite big!