Linked by David Adams on Mon 25th May 2009 21:22 UTC
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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Its basically about Apple
by alcibiades on Tue 26th May 2009 03:24 UTC
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Apple is a cult, and it specializes in the cult marketing of consumer products. It has practised this more successfully than any company in history.

Its not a rational question of which OS and computer to buy. There is no objective reason to buy a Mac, you're just buying overpriced and underfeatured mediocre commodity hardware, out of a limited range with no decent mid priced entries, and with an average quality BSD derivative on it.

Its not about the product. Its a question of whether you want to join this particular cult.

I dislike cults, and dislike this one as much as most. But there are people who like the feeling of belonging to one, and who willingly parrot the party line and make themselves believe 10 impossible things before breakfast, and feel real good doing it.

Your questioner lives in Eastern Europe. If he feels nostalgic for the former Soviet Union and its approach to education and public debate and information, yes, he should buy a Mac. He will feel right at home. In no time at all he will have picked up the Party line and will know the catechism by heart.

Otherwise, if he was pleased and has remained pleased by the fall of the Wall, no. Buy a decent white box Intel, and put whatever OS you want on it. And stay free.

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