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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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There are many factors
by hraq on Tue 26th May 2009 03:10 UTC
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That might be important for you to consider before switching the platforms.

Macs in general are the best computers you can buy. Yes,they come with disadvantages but overall it is much better to deal with them than to deal with a PC.

The factors that might be important to consider are:

1. Money
2. Applications you must run
3. Willing to learn

A. Money: You would need more money to buy a mac hardware than you would for a PC; this is only true if you didn't hit the high end level computers where apple tend to be a lot cheaper; also consider the warranty on hardware because mac parts are very rare and very expensive. Also consider Accidental damage warranty on any portable mac with >2000$ Price tag; also consider paying more for mac applications if you are a switcher because windows versions will not work on macs natively.

B. If your manager wants you to run specific applications with no mac version then you have 2 choices: run it inside vmware or parallels as one choice or run it natively on Bootcamp as the 2nd choice. You will be under the mercy of a layer that adds to failure points in your system.

C. Willing to learn is also important, but always remember to get your help not from your average friends and then blame the platform for being restrictive and difficult, but you have to consult a highly trained or even certified guy to help you achieve what you want. Yes you have to spend some money for learning. You can spend 80$/hour with a certified guy who will answer probably 30 of your questions that your genius friends could not answer.
prepare these questions on a paper to save time!

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