Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 26th May 2008 17:54 UTC
GNU, GPL, Open Source Ivan Krstic' critique of the One Laptop Per Child Project has made its ripples around the pond of the intertubes. Apart from the obvious part where it criticises a major project from an insider's point of view, it also had a few other remarks that caught people's attention - most notably the admission that despite his ability to do Linux kernel hacking, his main development laptop is a Macintosh running Mac OS X.
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You're Canadian, so you're forgiven. Canada + US != entire world, especially for Macs. Apple is an American company and it shows. If I were to buy a Mac on a smaller market, like here in Eastern Europe (no, we don't live in trees and we have electricity and broadband, thank you ;) ), I would pay A LOT.
And you're only comparing Apple to Dell/HP/brand name PC. Most techies can make their own PC or buy one custom made from a PC shop, so the value for money is greatly increased (for example most of the Macs are underpowered regarding video cards).

About laptops, I don't know, brand name PCs are probably better, because you want reliability. All desktop PCs are pretty reliable so you can go with a DIY. But I'd only buy an Apple desktop if I had lots of money (I mean LOTS) and little spare time. So do many Westerners, and that's why you buy Macs.

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