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OSNews, Generic OSes Over the years, we've occasionally run an "Ask OSNews" feature, wherein a reader asks us a question and we answer it publicly. Lately I've really been enjoying Slate's Dear Prudence advice column and the ever-interesting Straight Dope, and I thought we should see if we can get more OSNews readers to submit questions, and turn Ask OSNews into a more-regular thing. If your question falls outside of our domain expertise, we'll try to track down an expert to help out. And of course, our responses will always be supplemented by further advice from OSNews readers in the comments. Questions are welcome on any topic ranging from OSes and computing to science and geek culture. Contact us with your questions. (Please include "Ask OSNews" in the subject). Today's question is from a young student in Hungary who's seduced by the faraway siren song of Apple's marketing and wonders, "should I switch?"
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by ivanadrive on Tue 26th May 2009 00:00 UTC
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Personally I prefer Windows over Mac because I'm used to it. The windows interface seems more intuitive to me, but I'm aware it would be the opposite if a Mac was the first computer I learnt to use.

I did consider buying a mac a year ago, but then I realised the MacBook Pro was not worth the money for me personally. Sure it was better than the dell vostro I bought in many regards (nicer design, lighter, faster longer battery life), but not better enough to justify twice the price (I figure any laptop will last only 2 to 3 years max anyways). And the Dell's screen was nicer than the LED display on the MacBook Pro, so was the graphics card. In the end a Dell with similar specs would be the same price, but I could do with a cheaper option that was simply not available in the Apple product line.

But the most important part is the software I need to run. Adobe software is just not as good on the Mac (at least CS3 wasn't) because adobe gives more priority to the windows version. I also need office and IE, which are not identical on the Mac. I must say I do envy the UNIX-like console in OS X and the superb font rendering.

Both Windows (vista and even more so 7) and Mac OS are mature operating systems that are reliable and user friendly. If you buy a PC from a decent vendor it won't crash and drivers will work and update automatically.

Apple is just as reliable/unreliable and expensive as any A-brand PC (they're all made is the same Chinese factories, using the same components anyway). These days reliability of the OS depends mostly on hardware and drivers.

There are a lot of fanboys on both sides that claim theirs is the best.
There are a lot of false or outdate claims about both systems: Apple is expensive (you get what you pay for), you will need an Anti-virus on both systems (no matter what Apple claims, and personally I only came across about 5 viruses in my 20+ years of computer use, none of them in the last couple of years, and one on a Mac!). Most recent hardware will automatically install on either system.

In the end it all comes down to how much you want to fork out, what you need it for (software, performance). There's no right or wrong, good or bad, just personal preference.

And perhaps in the future I'll get a Mac (too) if it suits my needs.

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